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My captain has left me here with all this crud, and only cares about his things!

My heart has sunk to the bottom of the ocean as we sink deeper and deeper, one screw at a time. "Hey, Captain, come look. I can’t believe you left me here with all...

We are standing on the side of the road, watching a white boy and a one-armed man fight

The first blow is administered by the one-armed man while his accomplice stands about thirty yards away and laughs. He kicks the white boy hard in the ass, and the kid collapses. The boy’s...

“You’re excited to work the night shift,” she said

“Because your first shift’s a good one,” she said. I nodded in agreement. I still couldn’t believe it. This is how much I’m looking forward to it. “I’m excited too,” I told her. I...

We’re trying to fix the boat, but the water keeps coming in

Once the boat’s bottom is wet, we can’t fix anything more. The captain is ignoring me as his back is turned. He’s reading a newspaper. It’s old, it’s faded, and it has stories in...

It’s been a long day and the wind has picked up in the afternoon

I was able to find some dry wood to add to the decking. It’s a good enough replacement. It will keep out the dampness. With all the things he’s been carrying for so many...

My co-worker came into the office this morning

“That man you described at the gate. Is he always this friendly?” “Umm…yeah he’s been friendly for five years.” “Is he a customer, a friend, a neighbor, or a local authority figure?” I asked....

Cynthia Hamm is the author of The Abandoners, a novel set in Taunton, Massachusetts

Cynthia Hamm Cynthia Hamm, a retired high school teacher, has been writing poetry for about eight years. Cynthia, a resident of Taunton, is most recognized for being a founding member of the Taunton River...

I’m crying

My eyes are wet. The rain isn’t falling from the skies anymore. It’s falling from the sea that is now at my feet. “Why are you crying?” “Because you left me,” he says. “You...

In our series of letters from African journalists, novelist and writer Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani reflects on her relationship with her husband

"My favourite NORTECH event isn't the one with the president." He says as he pops a chocolatey cookie in front of me. I eat it before replying while trying to focus. "Oh, the president...

I’m leaning against the wall of the porthole

A wave comes crashing down. The captain looks out to see what the hell happened. With his back to the wall, water drips from cracks in the wood above. It hits the floor with...

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The Empress is taken to the Underworld Court by the King, and she is shown to an underground house

“What is this place?” she asks herself as she sees that the streets inside this underground house are paved with solid gold, and that the courtyard had a fountain, trees, and a garden built...

It’s not dark enough for me to draw my own blood

Now, here, the silence is broken by a cawing that’s not a bird nor a crow, but an owl. The owl flies directly into the headlights. I see him, a large yellow eyed bird...

My sister was killed in a drunk driving accident

Walking to the beach with my umbrella still on top, I watched the water rippling on the rocky shore and thought to myself…I don’t belong here. I don’t fit in. I want to go...