staranise

United States

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"There are so many stories, more beautiful than answers."
Mary Oliver

staranise (United States) published:

Double-Dealing

PROMPT: Flash Fiction Competition 2020

"Another customer well-pegged. My, but how obvious they all are."

The self-proclaimed fortune teller had spun quite a beautiful prediction for her last customer of the day. The trick of the trade was vigilance, and she had lots. After all, she'd been listening to his conversations all day, building up her credibility.

The aspiring actor had been rehearsing his lines, making sure to stay in character the entire time. He had told himself he didn't believe in fortune telling. Never...

7 days ago

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staranise (United States) published:

Desire

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Body alive with anticipation, she gave a tender gaze, a loving gaze, longing for her lips to meet feather-softness, to know what satisfaction tasted like. The chocolate-brown a sharp contrast against her pale skin, both touching, but not moving; hers was the only voice to be heard, her sweet murmurs overlapping the ever-present hum of the midnight air.

A secret smile, devilish. She stabbed her fork in eagerly, and took a bite.

The refrigerator door shut gently.

7 days ago

staranise (United States) started following Jasmine khawar (India)

29 days ago

staranise (United States) started following Emma Gold (United States)

29 days ago

staranise (United States) started following Amalia (United Kingdom)

29 days ago

staranise (United States) published:

Atlantis

PROMPT: Water Body

The ocean is wild and roaring
and free,
Salt and seaweed
and sand. 
We take its water
and filter and clean
every 
drop,
we cover it with chemicals,
burn it until it scalds,
and we say
now it is natural,
now it is pure. 

The ocean is wild and roaring,
but not always free.
Pulled by the moon
in monthly tides,
a puppet on
invisible
strings.
It bears fading coral reef sunsets,
withering algae,
and fish, and crustaceans,
using tides...

Seeking Peer Reviews

29 days ago

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staranise (United States) published:

To My Father's Mistress

PROMPT: Letter Writing Competition 2020

Dear June,

It’s been about seven years since I first “met” you through stolen glimpses from Mom’s phone. Your passport photo was grainy, but I could read the words. Name: June. Chinese name: Yang Xue Jun. But I knew they called you “Xiao Xue” for short— “Little Snow.” I always thought it was funny, your little contrast of names, projecting such opposing images that I could never figure you out. Which one were you? The summer or the snow?
  ...

Seeking Peer Reviews

29 days ago

staranise (United States) liked What is Grey? by Emma Gold (United States)

2 months ago

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staranise (United States) published:

Still

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition 2020

White coats flash like
lightning, fast as
our hearts are beating, rushed
and syncopated and off
kilter. Doors slam
shut, and our ghost
towns stand still.

But still,
I can brush my finger pads across my rabbit's soft-grey fur,
watch her intelligent eyes blink slowly, wisely.
I can still pour hot water in gentle streams over my morning coffee,
still weave magic in the air with my childhood flute,
letting the melodies expand with every note, and contract,
and I...

2 months ago

1

staranise (United States) published:

Still

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition 2020

White coats flash like
lightning, fast as
our hearts are beating, rushed
and syncopated and off
kilter. Doors slam
shut, and our ghost
towns stand still.

But still,
I can brush my finger pads across my rabbit's soft-grey fur,
watch her intelligent eyes blink slowly, wisely.
I can still pour hot water in gentle streams over my morning coffee,
still weave magic in the air with my childhood flute,
letting the melodies expand with every note, and contract,
and I...

Seeking Peer Reviews

4 months ago