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Finding Cheryl

I was once told that if you don’t know your clan, you aren’t really Mvskoke. The first time I heard this, I felt pretty hurt and confused, as if they were accusing me of pretending to be Mvskoke. It made me feel fake. It drove me to hunt for the answer to the question,“ What is my clan?” My mother…


Shell

I like to dive and devour. I dive into books, scroll through the writer’s word patterns and appreciate their craft. I can devour libraries, but never the same book twice. The varied worldviews that an author can deliver, in comparison to mine, keeps me insatiable. I tend to consume the worldviews that are represented in these books. In J.E. Gordon’s…


Skin

If my cuts could spell. I’d have more letters than the alphabet. And more words than any dictionary could hold. If my head wasn’t constantly jumbling words and slurring phases, maybe I could focus. Focus on the other me sitting up half past three waiting for me to wake up and start all over again. Start from the day I…


Autumn Glow

Sunlight aglow casts along the field. Slow and growing much like myself. The dry stalk shadows splinter across the ground. A shiver shoots through my body. I flicker like a flame in the cold. A beacon of warmth in a bare wasteland. The house across the field is dark. No lights or smoke again this year. The other house is…


Shimá Sání

I awoke in sweat. When I opened my eyes, I felt like I was still dreaming. For a moment, I’d forgotten where I was. “get up, my child,” I heard my grandma say in Navajo. I closed my eyes again, trying to get in another minute of sleep before another hot summer day. “My child, you need to get up.”…


a place of dust and moon shadows lived between us

your headbutt “um” eclipsed the place where i thought to stand and dumped chilled bone-sand over my words, grains ticking into my eyeballs a glass reflecting only you as your shadow hallow graced my face even as i suffered the silence of my own mouth my toes beside yours on the floorboards of night your gemini reciprocities hung bloated between…


Exhalation

I am because I chose to be. I am thankful I saved my life to be who I am now. I fell in love at 19 with a 21-year-old guy from around the block. I saw him around the way and we finally met, we struck each other like magnets. He was tall and not handsome, but had swagger like…


Laying a Breathless Body to Rest


Ms. Rezdog and Her Dad Scott

“She’s just a dog, I gave her a good life, she’s an old dog, time for her to go,” he often said.


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