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"A woman's heart is a deep ocean of secrets"
My mother and I love going second-hand shopping. In Australia, we call it 'op-shopping'. I didn't always love it, though. Over the years, my experience with op-shopping has evolved from a kid running excitedly to the worn and scratched toys, to an early-teens, apathetic eye-roller being dragged through garage sales, to a late-teens snob whose new wages went towards new clothes and makeup, to a mid-twenties, introverted daydreamer who, every single time, walks straight to the preloved books.
The Elephant's Downward Trunk
I led Amanda through every room of my house, stating the obvious purpose of each room. Bathroom. Kitchen. Dining room. Living room. She followed me, softly remarking at the intricacies of each room's decor and design. Photographs of my family hung on the walls. The furniture design was consistent throughout the house. Even the colour scheme was unique in every room.
"Just a raw heart beating in front of us"
While considering who I could write about in this story, many inspiring Black people (mostly women) crossed my mind. At the end of the day, though, I cannot deny Jae Nichelle, a Black slam poet (among other things).
I glance at my watch as a toxic cloud of cigarette smoke escapes my lips. 5:36 A.M. As I shift my weight from one foot to the other, my shoe hits a protruding tree root.
An Ode to the Boys I Once Loved
A first kiss A first touch When feelings were felt And love was supposed to be All that mattered But then The trouble began
When I am a Mother
When I am a mother my daughter will know How to find her own magic How to see her own body and smile How to navigate a patriarchal society
Follow the Code
It's an eight-season series adapted from the novels of Jeff Lindsay that aired from October 2006 to September 2013. Starring Michael C. Hall, it follows the complicated experience of Dexter Morgan, a blood spatter analyst employed by the homicide division of the Miami Police Department. He works with his sister, Debra Morgan, a police officer who is eventually promoted to Detective and then to Lieutenant during the course of the seven years the show aired.
The Crone and the Maiden
I eagerly open the sealed letter addressed to me. The handwriting in blue pen is that kind of old-fashioned capitalisation that remains classic. The letter begins: ‘Well, good morning. Luna Moonstone’.