The 200 MPH Unicorn

As I board the train French blasts through the speakers, “S’il vous plaît prenez votre siege.” (Please take your seat.) I take my seat next to an English woman. I notice she is wearing a bright red hat even before I know I am to be seated next to her. She is stereotypically English. I never really knew what that…

Sometimes Mountains Need to Cry

Looking into the distance, the ground looks as if it bumps the sky Solitude and vigilance can be a fierce force She rises every morning with the breath of the middle star Always silent amongst the rumble Reaching tall, standing still against movement Strength beyond ancestors She is the meaning of completion Unfoldment, blossoming up to the Northern Lights Generations…

Ancestors’ Revenge

Do you live in a tipi? Do you ride a horse? Can you do a rain dance? Well I’m Indian—of course Let me ask you some questions, Was your great-grandma a queen? Were your greedy ancestors Who my giving ones seen? Why don’t you have to carry a card That tells your blood, degree, and race? We’re trespassers on our…

The Place Where White Skies Are Formed

After Ofelia Zepeda I When my mother was a little girl, she told me the snow rose high and above Hooghan walls. She wandered in the maze of snow as helicopters fluttered above. When my father was a little boy, he told me his inebriated father once threw him out into the freezing snow. I went tubing before, and my…

Why?

This is far from a normal day for me; I did not get much sleep the last few nights. It was not from too much drink or spending my free time with a two-bit whore. It was from the questions in my head that keep spinning around and around. I still cannot come up with any answers for how this whole thing…

A Rude Awakening?

It’s cold. And when I open my eyes, that coldness engulfs me down to the very fiber of my soul. I reach for the blanket that I know is there, for have I not been here before? Upon opening, my eyes take a few seconds to register my surroundings. It is the shortest few seconds of my life; for it is…

Maki’s Plan

This year your followers need to be cleansed, my brother,” hinted Rujak. Lightning blue flames licked the tall frame of his body radiantly. He spoke to his brother Maki, the sky spirit, who stood attentively watching and listening to many people’s prayers and joys. The smoothness of Maki’s skin made him child-like but was an indicator of his stoic and…

Love For An Alcoholic

Alcoholism plays a factor in a lot of relationships, including mine. Getting advice from friends, family, and doctors is somewhat comforting, but even with all of this advice, I feel like a caterpillar caught in a spider’s web, stuck and scared with little hope of escape. My relationship with this man feels as though I am with four different people:…

Never Give Up

It was Sept. 26, 2010. The day was growing old, and I had nothing else to do but sit in my room and think. For the three hours that I sat there, I couldn’t help but think: “Maybe I should just end it now, while they’re gone. If I just leave this place I call home, I won’t ever have to feel this…

The Fight

I believe the Creator has a destiny for us all. Sometimes the paths we travel may be rough. But to keep walking down our God-written path we can fight against obstacles that get in the way. The day that I realized what destiny really meant to me was the day I fought to keep my life. It was summer vacation on…

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