The Rain Child

The house is heavy with grief. Twisting an escaping strand of my straightened hair in my finger, I bite my lower lip to stop myself from getting emotional. Outside, as I hear thunder, a sudden smile of secrecy escapes my pursed lips. Abandoning my family in time of their need, I take one step back, [...]

Autumn Memories

As the first yellowing leaf fell off the tree, Josephine hopped around, trying to catch it before it touched the grass. Clutching it to her heart, she remembered her dead husband’s last words fifteen years ago. “This year, I’m the leaf that falls off the tree. Hopefully, you’ll be hanging on for years to come” [...]

The Counter Top

From behind the curtain, one peeping eye, A nervous glance as footsteps pass by, One chubby foot and then the other, Careful not to fall in the eyes of the mother A pink fist closed, the other in her mouth, She giggles in excitement as she heads down south Towards the kitchen, where the goodies [...]

An Angel in Disguise

Battered, bruised, lower lip swollen, One red eye, the other won’t open, Unending fear, damage and destruction, Two broken ribs and a jaw reconstruction Forever running, trying to hide, Her trembling heart refuses to stay inside, Shivers running down her spine, She dreads the moment the clock strikes nine. I remember crouching, cowering on the [...]