Self-Sabotage

By Collin Shamley You reach that point where you’re neither in nor out Not where you were but not where you are headed And you feel like you’ve made little progress But people say they are proud of you “You’re doing a good job” They’re rooting for you But you want to be proud of…

Tempest

By Collin Anthony Shamley You didn’t prepare for it You knew it was coming But you didn’t prepare A now it’s here In your atmosphere Your second greatest fear Beware the snares, the rocks, the walls You’ll either snap, break or fall From sun to rain Joy to pain Want to find a way out?…

The Other Side

By Alex Marchante I’ve lived in Athens for about 10 years now. By the time I graduate, I’ll have spent more time living in Athens than what I consider to be my home, Massachusetts. Although I don’t consider Athens my “home”, it is my literal home. I know most of these streets, most of these…

When the Party Stops Being Fun

by Courtney Taylor There’s something about the sweetness of summer A hint of happiness A wistful exuberance of past smiles The sun feeling like love under brown skin The flowers like jewels scattered upon the fair grounds Stay unafraid Stay empty Stay still Nothing will hurt as much as when your heart stirs Shared songs…

I Live

by Bemsimbom Wallang I live   Like a wilting flower in its final hour Preparing to bloom no more My heavy heart weighs me down Breaking as my lament builds All of me degenerates And disappears into the past   I own the rivers now Before I was doomed to drown Now not only do…

Count it all Joy

Bemsi Wallang   and God I know your love for me transcends every promise that’s ever been made to me I know that you can turn night into day Dark into light   when I struggle, when I fight when I fight for my dear life I will hold onto your Word with all of…

How much?

By Christopher White   I wonder how much my bounty would be? the eyeballs of the cops staring at me im smart, black, and come from a good home, god forbid i even reach for my phone, they said to record them, to make sure things go right, so why is my cold body hitting…

19 September 16

by Courtney Taylor 3:00 a.m. I’m sorry if my skin was never thick enough for you, I’m sorry if your anger came because you didn’t know what to do. I’m sorry if my face, something you saw as a gift at one time, seemed well suited for the edges of your tongue. I’m sorry if…

Society’s Misconception

By Marshae Nickelberry Society’s conception was a “mis”, yet we raised it well Holding on to the image of perfection, innocent suckling; sucking the innoncence of our spirits without detection Nursed to kill, swaddled to ravage the mind that harbors it magnifying its projection too blind with comfort, and too inclined with seeing rejection it…

Nappy Roots

By Christopher White   The tall green grass grows thick as my nappy roots, Twist-out fresh with the scent of Cantu melanin against shades of yellow, hello? Welcome. shorts are above our knees, begging mom for the keys, just to brush past the leaves as we leave, but not gone forever. Just a small escape…

Enigma

By Omekah G. Edmondson You’re an enigma You allow light to pass through you so as to make sure others around you are able to be seen You morph, twist and reinvent to reassure just enough of you is showing to make others feel comfortable You morph. Yet YOU are uncomfortable Because you are an enigma.  You are…

WidowSeat

By Rashaad Pierre Presently pressing all on my pressure points Messaging all the leaders that I’d appoint Hate how they treat us but here’s the point The guards up like I didn’t even have a point Cause of the lead, Bullets flying everywhere they hit you now you did Daddy didn’t come home couldn’t tuck…