By Julie Songok

All she ever wanted was to stretch her bones and her tired body

A place to lengthen her smiles and spread her hair

A place where her legs could walk without the cutting and bruising

A place unchained

A place unknown

She was born out of the ocean breath

I reminded her

‘Stop pouring so much of yourself into hearts that have no room for themselves

Do not thin yourself

Be vast

You do not bring the ocean to a river.


By Teddy Mathenge


I wish I could dim her inside of me,
When the broken pieces from long ago suddenly shift beneath my skin,
Threading pieces of a dream through the eye of a storm,
I am a broken, battered soul,
Living an unfulfilled life of loneliness & depression,
Of missed chances & humiliation,
I sit on…

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