Bonny Fisher Boy by Sonya Taaffe

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Bonny Fisher Boy by Sonya Taaffe

He slips from the tide as though out of bed some lazy lover’s afternoon before he drowned— sheets of foam half-folded across his wave-worked thigh, up on one elbow in the backflow, mirror-blue and shadows wash underneath his sun-strike smile that dazzles and disappears, eddied with weed. For its glint, I would not kneel in

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Dear, Dear by Patricia Russo

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Dear, Dear by Patricia Russo

The boy was trashed, or worse. Drunk, stoned, or mentally challenged—the only three options. A double whammy was not impossible, however, nor even a triple one. The kid wore grimy wind pants and a flannel shirt with the sleeves torn off; he crouched in the stairwell, his back against the wall, hugging something to his

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Diamonds by Rebecca W. Day

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Diamonds by Rebecca W. Day

When I speak, the wages of my foolish act of kindness choke me; they swell my throat and burst from my mouth in faceted agony. At first, only diamonds and pearls, but as time passed, my blessings multiplied: emeralds and rubies and sapphires, every precious stone spewing forth from my gullet with the barest whisper.

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The Sorrows of Elaine by Greer Woodward

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The Sorrows of Elaine by Greer Woodward

She watched as he approached the castle gate, weary from another failed return to Camelot. At dusk she would call for the sorceress. They would take the silken cap, and chant old words and sing old rhymes, until the cap was bright as golden hair and the sewn-in pearls were the circlet of a queen.

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Eurydice’s Lament by JoSelle Vanderhooft

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Eurydice's Lament by JoSelle Vanderhooft

Forgive me, Orpheus. Your music moves stones to skip and rivers from their course. Even the winter queen weeps— night and sleet down cheeks long stilled to granite in this place of earth and bloodlessness. But it cannot move me. Your lyre all seven strings picking all things lively—streams the heavy pear trees and the

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Through the Woods by Jessica Paige Wick

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Through the Woods by Jessica Paige Wick

Over the hills and through the woods there was a joyful house. Then there was a tragedy: maybe death. The youngest left to stop it.             Just for a little while,                             not forever. There was a journey and there were many hardships. There was also aid given in return for good deeds performed unasked. Then inside

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Wicked by Donna Quattrone

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Wicked by Donna Quattrone

I wonder If you would even recognize me now, My cruel, heart-eating Mother. Me; this fallen princess, Loser at slots And maternal crap shoots. How far from the tree I’ve traveled. A world of difference shimmers In the looking glass today, Although the high cheekbones, Arched eyebrows, And upward slanted lips Are still there. Sparkling

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