Erebus- Varnika Jain

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Light and dark.

One loved,

The other feared.

But it is the presence of both together

That gives rise to shadows.

Flickering, fluttering, floating, flashing,

An image in your own likeness.

Isn’t that what we are to the gods?

Mere shadows.

Mere shadows?

Deemed worthy to walk their favourite, earth.

I think shadows are underappreciated.

Those lovely forms of silhouettes.

They downplay our happiness so as to not spurn the ones less fortunate,

And hide all our sadness in their flowing depths.

They’re neutral.

They’re kind.

They’re downright divine.

The next time I feel like searching for myself

Or within myself

I’ll look towards my shadow.

Now I know why I’ve always found Erebus,

To be the most intriguing corner of hell.




Varnika Jain is prone to having verbal epiphanies in the midst of all the cacophony surrounding her life.  She is a voracious reader, vociferous eater and a vehemently passionate writer. You can read more of her writing at Moonlighting Scrivener where you can find her changing the world, one word at a time.

Firefly By Hannah Munroe

 

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Like a cleopatra but with more legs
I shine so bright but it’s not beautiful like a firework
Danger like the Lightning
We buzz around each others atmosphere
I bring the heat down to you
But your light is so cold
You’ve always been a nomad – man in flight
And like the Lightning that goes straight to the dirt that is where I stay
No one cares about your shining beams from down here
I can see all your edges from the ground
The insight is my only advantage to this field I am stuck on


Hannah lives in Salem, Massachusetts. She is a writer, performer, dreamer, and lover of all things Stevie Nicks. She writes to heal, she writes to breathe, she writes to awaken. Hannah tries to do six impossible things before breakfast. She thinks there is a little witch in all of us.

The Light- Alethia Green

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I wrapped your metal bars around my soul like velvet rope
I called your cage safety and grew around you like a tree around barbed wire
I pulled you tighter and tighter and called it comfort like hot whiskey calming my nerves
my mouth so full of you I couldn’t taste the metal in your kisses
My hands so full of dreams I couldn’t grasp the truth
My weary mind forcing my enslaved heart to beat.

Only one beat at a time. A day was too exhausting to hope for
You smugly hid the key in plain site, knowing I could only see you
I had to rip me apart, twist and tearing into a thousand pieces to escape
You let me, thinking I would bleed out and leave my pain there for you to feed on.
I have put myself together one fractured piece at a time.

I am something new now. Scars mark each fracture.
But you should know, scars are not open wounds, they are tougher for the cuts and tears inflicted.

Where the Salt of my tears used to burn it now taste of survival.
There’s still a hole in the center of me where I let you be a part of me, a dark hole.

I can’t find a light bright enough to pierce the darkness. All are like a small beam shining into the blackness of a moonless night sky.
But my essence bleeds into the hole as glitter filled blood.

One day I will change what used to be dark to glow a soft, but mesmerizing light as a full moon.
Strong enough to turn tides. And make darkness yearn for

The light


I’m 44 and have 3 kids and the proud Nana of 2.
I write from the places in me I don’t easily share and I hope it touches you somewhere you let sleep.
You can read more of my writing and follow me at Twistdbutterfly

Firefly By Hannah Munroe

 

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[Poem by Hannah Munroe]

Like a cleopatra but with more legs
I shine so bright but it’s not beautiful like a firework
Danger like the Lightning
We buzz around each others atmosphere
I bring the heat down to you
But your light is so cold
You’ve always been a nomad – man in flight
And like the Lightning that goes straight to the dirt that is where I stay
No one cares about your shining beams from down here
I can see all your edges from the ground
The insight is my only advantage to this field I am stuck on