Category: Literature

An Offbeat Decision -Ifrith Islam

‘A car crushed against a truck… A scream of a woman was heard… Lying there a woman with one hand on her stomach and the other hand was holding the car handle seemed she tried to protect herself… There was blood all around the road…’ All of a sudden, my...

The Workshop at the End of the World -Kristin Janz

The workshop’s bright interior felt like a sauna after the numbing midwinter cold outdoors. The old man immediately took off his fur-lined hat and gloves and started unfastening the buttons of his greatcoat. His workers glanced up from benches and forge upon his entrance, but they took too much pride...

The Graduation Gift -Sheryl Normandeau

Anya’s earworm was malfunctioning. There could be no other explanation for what she was feeling: she had caught herself several times humming the melody of a tune that wasn’t her graduation song.  Just this morning at breakfast, her fingers had developed an impromptu twitch, tapping out an unfamiliar rhythm on...

Walt Whitman Miracles

Walt Whitman Miracles

Why, who makes much of a miracle? As to me I know of nothing else but miracles, Whether I walk the streets of Manhattan, Or dart my sight over the roofs of houses toward the sky, Or wade with naked feet along the beach just in the edge of the...

Jalaluddin Rumi No Self

Jalaluddin Rumi No Self

Think of the phoenix coming up out of the ashes, but not flying off. For a moment we have form. How can we be conscious and you be conscious at the same time and separate? Copper when an alchemist works on it loses it copper qualities. Seeds in Spring begin...

Penelope The friendly Dragon

“Mommy, I want to learn more about the Golden Apple”. Penelope squeaked, cuddling closer to her mother. Penelope had large,  bright eyes, and a very friendly smile always lit her face. She hardly got angry, but beware! If you behave well with her, she will do the same to you....

Time, Again Tim Maly

Before we met, you showed me your diary. I must confess that I am still confused by this sequence of events, as, I imagine, you must be confused by my decision to leave your life so suddenly. I’ve gone over everything in my head time and time again and I...

William Blake

William Blake

Infant Joy “I have no name: I am but two days old.” What shall I call thee? “I happy am, Joy is my name.” Sweet joy befall thee! Pretty joy! Sweet joy but two days old, Sweet joy I call thee: Thou dost smile, I sing the while, Sweet joy...

Jalaluddin Rumi

Jalaluddin Rumi

If A Tree Could Wander Oh, if a tree could wander and move with foot and wings! It would not suffer the axe blows and not the pain of saws! For would the sun not wander away in every night ? How could at ev’ry morning the world be lighted...

‘Evil’ Wasps that Rule the World

These wasps lay their eggs inside other insects, which their larvae then eat from within. It sounds horrendous, but they are spectacularly common On Costa Rica, inside a wheel of sticky silk, an orb weaver spider is doomed to die. She is a formidable predator, but this Leucauge argyra has...

Aqua’s Adventures

“Where did he go? He said he would be back soon.” Aqua asked her friend, Mary. “Quack! He should be back by now. He went in search of a nice surprise gift for you.” Mary replied. Aqua felt worried. Bob never left her alone in the duck nest for so...

Save A Boat Sail A Stone

Nafisa Tabassum# Sometimes, we humans get the urge to travel around a bit. Sitting still as a stone gets on our nerves sometimes. But it seems we’re not the only ones who feel that way. Stones themselves sometimes get the urge to sail around a bit. Fascinating, isn’t it? A...

Tiny Plastic Big Problem

Scientists find that tiny pieces of plastic travel great distances, threatening the ocean ecosystem Plastic bottles lying in the gutter. Grocery bags tangled in branches. Food wrappers scuttling across the ground on a windy day. Although such examples of litter easily come to mind, they only hint at the serious...

Ted Hughes

Ted Hughes

Wind This house has been far out at sea all night, The woods crashing through darkness, the booming hills, Winds stampeding the fields under the window Floundering black astride and blinding wet Till day rose; then under an orange sky The hills had new places, and wind wielded Blade-light, luminous...

Ibn Arabi

Ibn Arabi

Wonder Wonder, A garden among the flames! My heart can take on any form: A meadow for gazelles, A cloister for monks, For the idols, sacred ground, Ka’ba for the circling pilgrim, The tables of the Torah, The scrolls of the Quran. My creed is Love; Wherever its caravan turns...

Hafiz

The Bird of Gardens THE bird of gardens sang unto the rose, New blown in the clear dawn: “Bow down thy head! As fair as thou within this garden close, Many have bloomed and died.” She laughed and said “That I am born to fade grieves not my heart But...

Walt Whitman

Tears Tears! tears! tears! In the night, in solitude, tears, On the white shore dripping, dripping, suck’d in by the sand, Tears, not a star shining, all dark and desolate, Moist tears from the eyes of a muffled head; O who is that ghost? that form in the dark, with...

B for Brother

Kazi Falguni Eshita# She slowly trudged forward with a heavy backpack loaded with books. Her short, hair reached only to her ears. Drops of sweat glistened on her forehead. A thick pair of spectacles kept coming down to her nose, and she had to push them up every few minutes...

Only You

Jalaluddin Rumi Only you I choose among the entire world. Is it fair of you letting me be unhappy? My heart is a pen in your hand. It is all up to you to write me happy or sad. I see only what you reveal and live as you say....

Wind

Ted Hughes This house has been far out at sea all night, The woods crashing through darkness, the booming hills, Winds stampeding the fields under the window Floundering black astride and blinding wet Till day rose; then under an orange sky The hills had new places, and wind wielded Blade-light,...