Elephants Never Forget

Gram can’t seem to fit in with the other students at school Gram was an elephant, and he was trying to enjoy himself. He crouched down in the sandbox and grabbed a swath of sand with his trunk, slowly letting it fall back to the box, a trickle of calm. He liked to imagine each […]

The Mystery of the Mona Lisa

A retired police officer stumbles onto a mystery at the Louvre “Welcome to France, Mr. Black,” said the customs officer in monotone. I hate flying but was glad to be in France. I was excited to see all the architecture and history. I wanted to see the Eiffel Tower, the Arc de Triomphe, and the […]


The moon glances over at you as if to tell a secret, It whispers of the world coming alive, The stars shining, The quiet symphony, And the distant beauty of it all.

Morning Love

Out my window Whispering winds wander And dance upon the morning’s might Sunshine streams rivers of light through my bedroom window Out my window I listen to the sounds of silent mountains I listen to the songs of silent birds I listen to the songs of silent voices I listen to the songs of things […]

One Person Short of a Family

Siblings receive devastating news after their father misses afterschool pickup The cafeteria was empty and silent. Only two people were there, shivering, naive, and alone. My brother and I. My brother, Alikhan, was determinedly drawing a design for a school beanie that was going to be used as a graduation present for the fifth-graders of […]

What Poetry Isn’t

Poetry is like how sometimes, if you try hard enough, for just a second you can see a spiderweb, in the sunlight. After that, it’s gone, no matter how hard you look. Poetry is chaos written out on paper. Poetry is what might happen, if the universe took a pencil in hand and wrote something. […]