Social Anxiety

By Aly Kirke, TIWP Student I go out. Not because I want to, but because I know I should. Within two hours I want to go home. When the sun begins to fall, I try to cling on, to still smile, to still laugh. And I do, but I get tired because each lift of […]

Tomorrow Is Today

By Aly Kirke, TIWP Student Days turn to night. And then they do it again. A rose will bloom, and then it will die, and then another rose will grow. The world will spin today and it will still spin the next. The clock will not stop ticking, and demanding, and controlling. Tomorrow is today, […]

Six-Word Story

By Katerina Bonderud, TIWP Student Black person, white cops, and bullshit. See human and human, nothing more. Court reversed innocent until proven guilty. Before he walked in, he lost. He was the captain of basketball. He was having fun with friends. Sure, he was a bit loud. Can people not just have fun? No, everyone […]

Childhood

By Aly Kirke, TIWP Student I am tiny, but I am huge. My imagination wilder than a beast, my mind as open as the Pacific. The only boundaries I know are how far I can run before I am cheating in the neighborhood game of tag. Endless brilliant possibilities of what might come tomorrow bloom […]

Women’s Work

By Libby Hawkins, TIWP Student We were taught at such a young age that what women “should” be. When I was little, I thought I would be a teacher or a nurse, until I’d drop everything to be a wife and mother. That was fine with me because that was all I knew. Then I […]

Ignorance

By Zoe Moga, TIWP Student I think most of us love to ignore what we feel or what we want. I find that I often ignore what I need most. I try to listen to everything my mind, body and soul tell me, but it’s hard when everything around me is consuming the air. I […]

Social Media

By Libby Hawkins, TIWP Student It’s hard to be positive when social media is portraying how you should look and feel and be. How am I supposed to learn to love myself when all I see are a few types of people and all I am told is that I need to be like them, […]

Natsukashii*

By Zoe Moga, TIWP Student *Natsukashii originates from the Japanese language (なつかしい) and refers to a kind of idealized nostalgia, dreaming of a perfect time that never was. When I looked up in the stars, I used to see hope. I used to understand that there was more out there. I used to like that […]

Time Can Only Tell

By Katerina Bonderud, TIWP Student What if time told the story? Like the story of how everything plays out. Our mind which runs on a hamster wheel every waking moment of the day… and our lips! Our lips which pop, click, whistle, and sing, form the words that our mind tells us to speak. But […]

Sentinel

By Tenley Thompson, TIWP Student Waking up comes in stages. Time is sandy under her tongue, and the scratchy clock sees only stars reflected in its face in the unplaceable hours when the sky flickers brighter, uncloaked constellations, drowning in moonlight. Cool drafts of not-wind settle over her eyes-nose-mouth like the limestone-granite-slate that stacks the […]