Just a God

By Leighton Tanaka, TIWP Student Who am I? As every mortal invents hundreds upon thousands of tales about me, I’m left to wonder whether any of them are true. Do they truly know of this person they describe? This God? Or are they all just living in their imaginations, as most humans do. I have […]

The Tales of August

By Leighton Tanaka, TIWP Student August was born on the 13th of November. He was born just as he died, with glorious color. As his parents lovingly hugged him, he was fragile as a butterfly wing, his giggle made the world more vibrant.As August grew up, his mother taught him how to live. And so […]

I Chose You

By Leighton Tanaka, TIWP Student Blue smoke drifts through the air, pointing me towards the source of our ruin. Turning the crimson sky into an ocean, and just like the ocean I know that it will kill me. I stand at the end of a bridge, the industrial wreck of an alliance we had been […]

Fabric in the Wind

By Leighton Tanaka, TIWP Student I emerged from the stuffy basement, and was surprised by the sights that lay before me. Muted flags streaked through the air as a strong wind blew dust through the streets. Immediately securing my mask to my face I looked to the tan skies, where the tall buildings of the […]


By Leighton Tanaka, TIWP Student “Do you plan to keep me here? To simply lock me up and be done with me? To forget you ever existed, you think I forgive so easily?” Indie spat at the person standing at the front of the cell. She could hear their hands shaking as the keys they […]

Harvest Moon

By Emma Stokes, TIWP Student When you were here we danced in those old fields. The sign would always say do not enter and at first, I didn’t want to. Then you look at me and asked if I trusted you and I did. So we spent hours dancing, laughing, and rolling in those fields […]

The Door

By Leighton Tanaka, TIWP Student I opened the door. Mom and dad always warned us about it. They said that outside there was nothing but a wasteland. They said that the outside was burning. Mom and dad are liars. The plants somehow grow without sunlight, the flags sink under the weight of the air, the […]

Dear Jodie

By Leighton Tanaka, TIWP Student Dear Jodie, You do not know me, nor do I know you. Well, not really. But he always talked about you.The first time I talked to him he changed my life. When a strange old man moved into the apartment next door I’d never dreamed I’d talk to him. He […]

The Last One

By Leighton Tanaka, TIWP Student The end of a civilization among the many galaxies. We stand at the tail end of infinity. When the stars are but a memory, and the sky is nothing but a void of absence. I could not describe its color, for it was not black, but gone. Simply missing were […]


By Leighton Tanaka, TIWP Student I am a home. I have housed thousands of people. Within these walls that have been torn down and rebuilt time and time again. Walls that have been repainted a thousand different hues and touched by a thousand different hands. I have witnessed many families come and go, I have […]