A Woman’s Beauty

Beauty. According to Oxford Languages, beauty is defined as a “combination of qualities, such as shape, color or form, that pleases the aesthetic senses, especially the sight.” The second definition of beauty is quite simple, acceptable even; beauty is “a beautiful woman.” And yes, coincidentally, with a period. Synonyms of beauty resembles everything a woman…

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The Art in Nakedness

I become aware of his naked presence beside me, opening my eyes from a dream I can’t recall. His broad chest rises and falls against me, his arm sprawled across my back. His breaths are heavy, his spirit is light, and when I shift my posture, his hand adjusts; caressing the length of my spine…

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It’s Going to Be Okay

There are times when she would stand in front of the shower, just as she did as a little girl, and let the warm streams massage her shoulders. She would feel the water kiss the arch of her neck, the length of her spine, trickling down her torso until the water turns cold, until her…

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Nostalgia At Its Finest

A short story just in time for the holidays/Christmas. “Come dance with me,” he says. I look up at him as he stands, reluctantly placing my hand in his. He leads me towards the living room in his apartment, and stands right next to the Christmas tree. I gasp when his fingers swiftly curve around…

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How Do You Calm Your Anxiety?

I, well, submerge myself within the water, drown my naked soul within the sea. They say water, because of its soothing properties, soothes the soul. And I can’t argue with their notion, well aware of the peace it always brings to me. I took a “Mindfulness for Anxiety” course during a time where I couldn’t…

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Disturbed

Music plays softly through a speaker resting on the corner of the desk, mimicking rhythms of Charlotte Day Wilson and Cigarettes After Sex to set the mood. Its soft vibrations calm thin walls and thick wooden frames of the bedroom, engraving its lyrics on freshly dug graves and sweaty, soiled skins. The pen glides along…

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Dinner is Served!

A short story just in time for Halloween. I use a fork in one hand and a knife in the other to cut the steak, admiring its tenderness and juices that spill onto the china without hesitation. I look outside the kitchen window and noticed the moon, smiling at the glow and its perfection. “It’s…

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A Different Take on Patriarchy: “What is Wrong With Liking the Backstreet Boys?”

Patriarchy.  A word quite familiar and even uncanny to the eye. I’ve studied and written about patriarchy in college until practically my fingers bled, delved my mind in its definition, culture, and system, buried myself in its interconnection with our behaviors, decisions, and attitudes, discovered the definite affect it has in both sexual and romantic…

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