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Stories & Essays
A Wedding Toast For Daddy's Little Girl
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By Miriam N. Kotzin
Bread
_ By Debbi Pless
Flowers
_ By Rachel Miller
Gyokusai
_ By Julie Jordan
Hearts Without Armor
_ By Angela P. Markham
Mental Constipation and Brain Vomit
_ By Winnie Khaw
My Best Subject
_ By Ashley Polker
Piper
_ By Samantha Rae
Requiem For An Author
_ By R. Holsen
Sometimes It Pours Only Dogs
_ By Saana Tykkä
The Black Tape
_ By Brad Jashinsky

Poetry
A Slave To Time
_ By Clyde Windjammer
Colour
_ By Kaleen Love
Death By My Lover
_ By Jessica Tempestad
I Am A Pineapple
_ By Rachel Miller
Lament For the Lost Soldier
_ By Melissa Augeri
Laundry Arcade
_ By Ashley Polker
Left Silent To Dream of Wine
_ By Kaleen Love
Mortality
_ By Henry Grieves
Ode To Microsoft Spell Cheque
_ By Arielle Demchuk
Reminiscent of Society As An Individual
_ By Henry Grieves
Ship's Cook
_ By Heather Inwood
The Phoenix
_ By Kaleen Love
The Raven and the Dove
_ By Melissa Augeri
Train Dreamer
_ By Heather Inwood 

Art & Photography
S. Camargo
_ Photography and Drawings
David C. Clarke
_ Photography
Wiltekirra Samaxionn
_ Photography
Anca Sandu
_ Paintings
Austin Tanney
_ Photography
Ray Tsang
_ Paintings
Mark Warren
_ Photography

The Raven and the Dove
By Melissa Augeri


Come, my sweet love.
You shall be my Othello,
and I your Desdemona.
Trust no honest bird
who shall whisper of deceit,
for the truth lies in my kiss,
and not in his jealous words.

To my father I would speak such falsehoods,
but never unto you.
A gauze of deceit we weave about our hearts,
(sadly, it must be)
but never betwixt ourselves.

Let us be as the dusk,
a woven pattern of the day and night,
(with no stars and grim prophecies)
and into the setting sun we shall fly.
For there is no greater union
than of the raven and the dove.
Let your heart harbor no guilt,
for we are bound to each other
and have no other master than our love.

Whip me such honest knaves
who toil for injustice.

 


 

MELISSA AUGERI was raised in the wild, untamed woodlands of suburban New Jersey. Throughout her many years of life (about sixteen, to be exact) she has accumulated many reputable honors. In particular, she is proud of her role as The Wicked Witch in her Junior High production of "The Wizard of Oz." Melissa has always had a great love for literature, and her favorite authors include such notables as J.R.R. Tolkien, William Shakespeare, and Lemony Snicket.