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The Best of Today

:dalove: The Best of Today is my newest project in support of my fellow deviants.

I will feature a single piece that significantly impressed me daily. This feature will stay up 24 hours.

To view past The Best of Today features, visit here.

The Best of Today

I Suggest DDs by ClefairyKid
I am an avid Daily Deviation suggester. I try to make at least one suggestion every day.

Thus far, these pieces have been chosen. :deviation:

If you would like me to view a piece you believe is DD worthy: feel free to :note: me.

Random from The Best of Today

Here's my way of saying...

Thank you! :dummy:

All art featured in this collection was created for me by other deviants either as a commission, prize, gift, etc.

Go admire all the absurdly amazingness within! :tantrum:


Coeur de Pirate by AquaSixio

Coeur de Pirate

by AquaSixio
I would love it if someone would buy me AquaSixio's Coeur de Pirate. Not only is it gorgeous & creative but it's my favorite fucking piece of theirs. :stare:
CHECK IT OUT, NOW! :happybounce:

If anyone is feeling generous or perhaps... feels like wasting some of their hard-earned :points: and/or money - feel free to buy me something I don't actually need. :tighthug:

New to Literature on DA?

New to Literature on DA?
OfOneSoul here. :wave:

I'm attempting to take a greater role in the DA Literature Community. To begin with, I'll be featuring a few links: how to suggest a lit. piece for a DD, how to contact a lit. Community Volunteer, where to visit for great lit. news, etc.

Deviant Pages & Groups W/ Info On Lit.



:iconsilverinkblot:, :iconladyofgaerdon:, :icondrippingwords:,
:iconladylincoln:, :iconmemnalar:, :iconneurotype:, :iconbeccalicious:, :iconscarlettletters:, :iconamour-raven:, :iconnichrysalis:, :icontwilightpoetess:, :iconliliwrites:, & :icondreamsinstatic:, etc..
:note: me if you know of someone I should add.


:iconlitrecognition:, :iconauthors-roundtable:, :iconthewrittenrevolution:, :iconcommunityrelations:, :iconwriteaway:, :icondaliteraturecontests:, :icondailylitdeviations:, :iconcrliterature:, :iconauthors-club:, :iconelocutionists:, :iconlitplease:, :icongetdailydeviations:, etc.

:note: me if you know of another group I should add.

Want to become a DA Community Volunteer?

Anyone who is 18 years old and has a genuine interest can become a DA Volunteer.


FAQ #85: Can I be a volunteer on deviantART?

Visit Moonbeam13's journal for more helpful information.

If you have any suggestions on something I might add to this box, feel free to :note: me. :tighthug:

:heart: OfOneSoul




Journal Entry: Sat Sep 6, 2014, 9:16 PM
In more ways than one. :icontardhugplz:

But seriously...


Several things have happened since my last "update" journal so... I have a lot of thank yous, requests, and announcements to make. ^^; Hold onto your keyboards, this is gonna be one hellofride! :nuu:

OKAY, okay. Chill the fuck out. It won't be that bad. :paranoid: Maybe.

I'm a Prose Admin. at LitRecognition!



Alright, everybody... :phew: I have recently joined on as a Prose Admin. over at the lovely group, DailyLitRecognition, or LitRecognition. Much like DailyLitDeviations, LitRecognition focuses on bringing unknown, talented writers to the forefront of the literature community in daily articles featuring selections and suggestions by the group's admins and members of the DA community. :heart:

I am now accepting suggestions through :note: for prose pieces you think deserve to be featured. :dalove: My preferences are:

:bulletblack: Fiction
:bulletblack: Horror/Thriller
:bulletblack: Tragedy
:bulletblack: Romance
:bulletblack: Self-Suggestions

Do not suggest:

:bulletred: Chaptered Works
:bulletred: Fan-Fiction
:bulletred: Poetry

You know, cuz I'm a PROSE admin. :iconfacepalmplz:

Please include in your :note: a :thumb: for the piece you're suggesting - and if you wish, a few sentences explaining why you think it deserves a feature. :huggle:


Now - for something new...

Send me suggestions for features!


... I promise I won't react like that. :shifty:

I will be writing two feature articles and want your suggestions on what to feature! :eager: One article I have already posted the first issue of... CHECK IT OUT NOW. :stare:

For this article I'm looking for literature suggestions specifically - and they need to be centered around the theme of NARRATIVE deviations. For more info, please venture into the article at your own risk. :evillaugh:

Favorite Favorites Feature

I'm gonna be hosting a feature of all mediums of my and others' Favorite Favorites!
:iconladanceplz::iconeagerpee:    :iconladanceplz:

Sexah, right? :eyes:

I have yet to post the first issue of this feature - so I am definitely in need of your suggestions. ALL OF YOU - LISTEN TO ME!!! Follow the next rules carefully and each of you will earn yourselves 10 Thankyou :points:.


:bulletred: Send me a :note: with the subject: My Favorite Favorite
:bulletred: In the :note: paste the :thumb: for your favorite favorite and why you love it so much.
:bulletred: Your suggestion can be any medium, any artist.
:bulletred: Only one suggestion per article. [So, only 10 :points: per suggestor.] :shifty:

When I have enough pieces together - I will be posting the first issue of this article! Any support is appreciated.

I have a huge "THANK YOU" to make. :faint:

Seriously though. THANK YOU.

I recently asked for :points: donations for all of the giveaways and contests that I host at my poll here.

- and got an overwhelmingly amazing response. :tears:

I SERIOUSLY love you guys. You have no idea what your support and love means to me. It keeps me going and breathing this DA air. It keeps me coming back and keeps me from getting lost in the big, nasty world of cyber space. :no:

I can never show how grateful I truly am - and even if you wanted to stay anonymous, I AM REVEALING ALL OF YOUR GENEROUS SELVES RIGHT THE FUCK NOW. :iconswagplz:



Now to announce...

- some recent winners!


Two things. My 35,000 Pageview Kiriban Winner and the random 100 :points: raffle from my first issue of Keep on deviantARTing!.

The lovely AbalamAnderson caught my 35,000th Pageview!!!

Sorry for the late reply about your prizes, dear! They're coming soon. :heart:

And SeeThroughtheMist won 100 :points: in my article raffle! :dummy:

Go congratulate them.


That is surprisingly all for now, my loves! Keep an eye out for upcoming articles, features, interviews and such... and as always,

- keep on deviantARTing!

:heart: OfOneSoul

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The Narrative Kind of Lit.

Journal Entry: Thu Sep 4, 2014, 5:39 PM
Welcome to OfOneSoul's first issue of...

Kind of Lit.

... and in accordance with my well-known disorder, .giflovingmania,
everyone's favorite narrating TV Show character, DEXTER, will be hosting this article's .gifs.

... he's so yummy, but usually covered in blood. Which is cool. Sort of. :horny:

nar·ra·tive [ˈnarətiv]

:bulletblack: a spoken or written account of connected events; a story.
"the hero of his modest narrative"

:bulletblack: in the form of or concerned with narration.
"a narrative poem"

So, if you haven't figured it out yet... this is a feature article specializing in the


- kind of literature. :iconteheplz:

Thrilling stuff, right! :dummy: JUST SAY "RIGHT". :stare:

I've decided to host a monthly feature of this special kind of literature for several reasons. REASON (A) because it tis' my favorite kind and most numerously frequents my gallery. :eyes: REASON (B) it tis' my forte; thus I feel I have the most to offer in reccomendations. REASON (C) LitRecognition is throwing this awesome contest that inspired me to get my butt in gear and start that feature article I always wanted to write! :tantrum:

And no worries, my lovelies. It will be ongoing. It will last forever and ever...

... sorry. My villainous split-personality took over and got a bit carried away. :paranoid:

Before I get started with the feature, I would like to explain a bit more about Narrative Prose & Poetry. :nuu: Narrative Prose is sort of self-explanatory and rather more known than its poetry counterpart. You see it all the time - in films, novels, video games... TV Shows... :eyes:

- but narrative poetry can be an entirely different beast. Quoted from the honorable, informative, not always trust-worthy wikipedia:

Narrative poetry is a form of poetry that tells a story, often making use of the voices of a narrator and characters as well; the entire story is usually written in metred verse. The poems that make up this genre may be short or long, and the story it relates to may be complex. It is usually dramatic, with objectives, diverse characters, and metre.[1] Narrative poems include epics, ballads, idylls, and lays.

I would usually NEVER self-promote, but being that this is the first issue of The Narrative Kind of Lit., I'd like to share some of my own forms of narrative poetry. :squee:

So, without further ado... let us pay homage to the first round of exemplary
Narrative Authors! :eager:

... in no particular order. Okay, it's a little particular because I'll be putting mine first merely as an example. :shifty:


It's the ApocalypseRed sensors rotated and his gears resonated within him.
He could hear the mass silence that echoed endlessly;
no wind wafting through trees or horns blaring…
- only ghosts.
He sensed the crunch of metal and rust grinding
and the clank of disused limbs popping into place.
The mechanics of his body had forgotten basic processes…
- and he felt ancient.
Saved recordings worked through his hard-drive like memories
reminding him of times with oceans of cities, flocks of humans,
and towers so tall he could stand next to them and be called…
- brother.
The lenses of his eyes fluttered and a new world was upon him;
the sun shone so brightly, alloy sweated from his torso
and the sharp sand beneath his feet grated
- and he began to erode.
The Earth was not as he had left it…
- with farms of humans and armies of titans like himself
who worked to save their creators from their own destruction.
He paced the wasteland they had sought to prevent
and wondered..

It's the Apocalypse by OfOneSoul
"This piece of narrative poetry is a perfect example of the genre from my own gallery.
It tells the story of a regretful "titan" whose views of a ruined world
are recanted with tons of imagery."

Way to self-promote, OfOneSoul. :iconfacepalmplz:

Devil's GraceHis lips are pale, shine like 50 shades of moon,
His bony body is wrapped in a blanket cocoon
I sit by his side and read him out aloud,
the second chapter. He doesn't make a single sound.
His lids are swollen from too many whines,
I read the third line three, then four more times
He can't hear anything, lies still asleep
His lungs, they ache, his skin is drenched in heat
I put the book down, grabbed after my sleeve,
Whiped of the tears that I cannot keep,
¨One more week.¨ as the doctors said,
¨His chances are weak and his state is bad.¨
In the evening glow I felt him standing there,
Lurking in the shadows of silent care,
He has no horns like the bible tames,
Looking like the man every woman for prays,
¨Is there something I can do for you?
Something to take away all the cruel
feelings that you feel, tears that you cry
Can I make it better, baby, tell me one more time.¨
And the devil came to me and rubbed some wet streams from my face
Pushed them dry with

Devil's Grace by Nathaira-From-Hel
"A dark tale that renews hope in the narrator,
speaks of forbidden promises,
and leaves the reader spellbound."

The SeductressThe Seductress
She worked for a slime ball like all the others,
           and she committed adultery every minute of the hour,
yet they still adored her.
Her name was Scarlet,
                    and she was very pretty; she was a siren.
When the deed was done,
                      the fiery locked harlot
                                             emptied their wallets of cash.
They all knew it too,
                    but they came back because she had them in a trance.
'Twas so strong,
               that even the strongest man could not break it.
Scarlet had them all weak-kneed in a heart beat;

The Seductress by TheMysteriousPoet
"A true representation of narrative poetry at its finest.
TheMysteriousPoet pulls us into a loveless story
that's both tragic and seductive."


Persephone RevisionedWe are wrapped in each other as dawn breaks, the last snow of the season slowly melting into the soaked grass. You say that you think the flower buds will be out in a week or two, the winter wiped away from memory as if it had never happened. I rub my leg up yours, joke about how you haven’t shaved in a few days, but I haven’t shaved either. I curl my hands across your stomach, lean into your neck and breathe deep. The scent of you is springtime, the incoming rainstorms, freshly cut grass. I have a feeling you’re happiest in spring and summer, out in the sun where your hair will turn from dishwater blonde to radiant gold. You sizzle with the approach of winter’s end, a tingle on the tips of your fingers and toes that warms you from the outside in. You are anticipation personified, your movements beginning to quicken as if you were a cold-blooded creature returning to the land of the living.
I don’t say that I wish winter would continue on, that we could go

Persephone Revisioned by awholelotofflowers
"A gorgeous interpretation of a well-known myth.
In narrative form, awholelotofflowers captures our minds and hearts
and we wish for the best for our poor Persephone."

Thunder's Echo: Chapter 1
"You're dancing like Tawny Kitaen on the hood of Whitesnake's car, girl!" I smiled widely at the tall, lithe blond working the tile dance floor of a room dark except for flashing strobe lights and lasers. Her arms stretched high over her head as she clapped her hands in time to 'Relax' by Frankie Goes to Hollywood while grinding her hips inches from mine.
"Hell Yeah!" she gloated while throwing back her head to loose a Rebel Yell. One of many reasons I loved Aileen Valerie Hardy was she had to be at least as big a nerd as me. She couldn't be a bigger one than I am, because if a woman had that to go with drop-dead gorgeous looks, God would have proven Himself unfair to the rest of the human race.
Val and I hadn't indulged in a night on the town in a month. We'd just finished a missing person's case for the city Police, and reunited a teen (the last of the hag-witch Pajari's former apprentices) with her parents in the process. The reward, coupled with our fees, allowed us a little

Thunder's Echo: Chapter 1 by TarienCole
"A fast-paced intro to TarienCole's tale.
Not only is their technique well-refined,
but a charming sense of humor bleeds through,
expressing TarienCole's unique writing style."

Imminent MenanceThe muffled moans, the tears cascading down cheeks, the sobs ripping from throats; these are my constant companions. The gloomy disarray, the wasting, the sickly sweet stench of the ill dying; each follows me wherever I go.
No one notices me, a mere shadow in the corner; omnipresent, invasive in that creeping, unnoticed way, stealing into souls.
I am silent now, resting for the smallest sliver of time. The droning of a preacher’s voice is my lullaby and the black of the mourning masses my night. This affair is my anticlimax, the end of a long performance that tumbled down, down, down into darkness. I am unfeeling; my play has gone well, but all I can think of is the next show.
Soon, soon.
People move, shuffle out of the stuffy church, into the glaring light outside. Their wails grow louder and I stretch. My time is coming once more.
I slink out, following them, safe in the shade of the withered trees and bleak rocks of the landscape. They stop at the edge of the pit and I watch a

Imminent Menace by ChristaSea
"A short, haunting piece that draws you in
then leaves you stunned when the narrator is revealed."


That was a lot of typing, a lot of love, and I hope you agree... a lot of talent. Give it up for those featured in my first issue of The Narrative Kind of Lit.!


For future reference, if you would like to suggest a NARRATIVE lit. piece that you feel deserves a feature, feel free to :note: me. Please provide a :thumb:, and if you desire, a few sentences on why you enjoyed the piece. :love:

Now. I need a drink

:heart: OfOneSoul

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Giveaway Winners and Updates

Journal Entry: Mon Sep 1, 2014, 8:01 AM
You read the title right...

Lots of giving away and lots of updates!


I've been hosting a lot of :points: giveaways, membership giveaways, mini-contests, etc. I'm going to announce all recent winners here so you can all congratulate their glorious and beautiful selves! :nuu:

So if you've entered into anything I've done recently... you might wanna pay attention to the next few paragraphs. Just sayin'. :shrug:

First up...

The random winners of my...

Membership: Win 1, get 1 free Giveaway!


Membership: Win 1, get 1 free!That's right... :iconwooooplz:
Premium Membership
:iconlachoirplz: :iconlaplz: :iconlachoirplz:
In the spirit of my great and awesome return to DA... :dummy: - I would like to give away 10 PREMIUM MEMBERSHIPs. You biz-natches heard right.
Considering that this is the first time I will be doing this giveaway, I'll start with 1 MONTH PREMIUM MEMBERSHIPS. This giveaway is all in the spirit of community, forgivness :forgiveme:, & LOVE. :tighthug: There are just a few rules to follow... so please,

... or evil goblins hungry for premium memberships will come in the night and eat them all up.
:icondeathglareplz: It's

I challenged all deviants to comment on the above journal with a fellow deviant they believed deserved a free membership and why. For that act of kindness, they'll be rewarded with not only their FRIEND receiving a membership, but they will as well! :la:

There were 50 lovely, glowing compliments of other deviants but only 4 commenters will earn themselves and their friend a 1 Month Membership, and only 1 pair will win 3 Months!

And the winners of the 1 Month PMs are...

- in the order that generated them,

Commenter #27: 
, and their nomination, MagicBirdie.

Commenter #22:
, and their nomination, RosaDunsparce.

Commenter #34:
, and their nomination, A-Shadow-Rose.

Commenter #5:
, and their nomination, LN-au-carre.

And the winners of the 3 Month PMs are...

Commenter #48:
, and their nomination, thequxxn.

Everyone, go congratulate our wonderful winners! :squee: And winners - you'll be receiving a :note: from me requesting whether you'd like :points:, the PM, or for me to donate them to someone else. :heart:

For future reference, I'll probably host this giveaway again. Maybe a monthly thing? :confused: What do you think?

And now for the winners of my Mini Forum Lit. Contest...

Siren's Call: A Flash Fiction Contest


Don't know what I'm talking about? Check it out here. <----- CLICK IT. :stare:

I challenged the writers of DA to create a piece of literature (whether prose or poetry) in 150 words or less centered around the theme, Siren's Call. There were many beautiful pieces (some of which I couldn't imagine how they fit into 150 words). :faint:

It was incredibly difficult to choose a winner and I INSIST that you all go peruse the comments and read all of the wonderful entries. First, a small feature of all the wonderful entrants who decided to indulge me:


Thank you all for entering! I love you all dearly. And although all of you did wonderfully, only one can win the 3 Month Pm or 636 :points:. :nuu:

And the winner is...


with their piece,

"It's almost unconscious; she wakes to a song in her throat. Stretching in the sun, she wets her tail and hair. Something has happened on the bluffs. She can tell by the voices of her sisters and daughters, and by the debris being fed to the beach by the surf. They missed one. He clutches a barrel for life, even though the sand cradles both, so she pulls herself over.

He is handsome in a way she hardly understands. He stirs and she reaches out to touch his hair; it reminds her of her own, wet and matting in the heat. His skin is soft, and when he opens his eyes, she knows that by the time he is used up, he will give her another daughter. She opens her mouth and starts to sing for joy."

Gorgeous work, darling! You have told a tragically beautiful story in so few words and I applaud you for it. :clap: EVERYONE APPLAUD Goldfish-In-Space. :stare: Thank you again everyone who entered, and keep an eye out for this week's upcoming Micro-Fiction Forum Contest. :paranoid:

YES. This will be a weekly thing. :eyes: And Goldfish-In-Space, keep an eye out for your :note: about your prize.

Yeah, there's moar. :evillaugh:

Other recent giveaway winners...

I recently awarded my watchers with a Random Giveaway. Check the poll here. It was in celebration of my recent return to DA. :dummy: Now I'm thinking I'll do it again when I reach... 400 Watchers. What do you think? :nod:

The winner of the random drawing was...

Watcher #224, InklingsOfOblivion!!!!

She will receive either a 1 Month Premium Membership or 396 :points:!!!


Keep an eye out for future polls. :squee:

Okay, just a couple moar thangs... :iconfacepalmplz:

At the end of my  "welcome back" journal...

A rather unusual homecoming.Honestly, that's what it feels like.
As some of you know... cause I sort of told you :paranoid:
- I have been without internet for the past year. :tears: I know, it's tragic... life is miserable, my world is ending...
BUT THE SHOW MUST GO ON! :shakefist:
Lately I have been occupying my time with work, writing, REplaying old video games, and watching...
:iconhplz: :iconoplz: :iconu-plz: :iconsplz: :iconeplz:
- if you hadn't already noticed. :iconteheplz:
I wish I could say that I am returning to DA full time, but sadly... it would be a lie. Much like the cake.
I don't know how long it will be until I have full access to the internet. For now, I must rely on my smartphone and occasional trips to McDonald's. Sorry, my loves. I miss every single one of you and your art... which is why I have created this poll. :eyes: For real though,

- I offered 400 :points: to a random deviant who "welcomed me back". :iconteheplz:

And the winner was...


Now go congratulate her. :stare:

Now... this portion of the journal is strictly for -



I plan on doing quite a few things around DA from now on. I thought I'd let you guys know what projects I'm planning and what they're all about. :horny: For starters:

:bulletred: Weekly Micro-Fiction Lit. Contests: At the beginning of every week I will host a micro-fiction contest in the literature forums. The prizes will vary weekly as will the theme and rules. Know, however, that it will always be micro-fiction. :eyes: Keep an eye out for this week's forum post!

:bulletred: Monthly Act of Kindness Giveaway: Much like the Win 1, Get 1 Free event I just hosted, I will host a monthly giveaway of Memberships, :points:, etc. for my fellow deviants. Why is it called Act of Kindness you may ask? Because just like in this past giveaway, you must suggest someone else to receive the prize and why you think they deserve it. Then, as good karma always goes, you earn a chance to win the prize for yourself and your friend! :nuu: Keep an eye out for this month's Act of Kindness Giveaway!

:bulletred: dANightsOfMystery Revival Party: YES. I will be reopening dANightsOfMystery. For those of you who don't know, dANightsOfMystery is a group I started where we utilize DA's chatrooms to host our own Nights of Mystery. They were always super fun, and within the next couple of weeks I will be hosting another. :squee: Keep your eyes open!

:bulletred: How To Be Original Article: Memorable Characters & How Are You Original Interview: I don't mean to brag, but I LOVED my first issue of How To Be Original, Original Plagiarists. I will be continuing these articles with interviews and a new piece called, Memorable Characters. Keep your eyes open!

:bulletred: Keep on deviantARTing Article: DD Reactions: After my publication of the first issue, Commissions, I will be posting a monthly Keep on deviantARTing article that centers around informing my fellow deviants about the various aspects of DA. The next subject matter? DD Reactions - how not to react to them. :stare:

Okay, that's it! I promise. :pray: I love you all, and as always...

Keep on deviantARTing!


:heart: OfOneSoul

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Kimberly Leffel
Artist | Hobbyist | Literature
United States

It's my time to shine! :iconwooooplz:

Stamp: OfOneSoul by BloodshotInk

My name is Kimberly Leffel and I am an artistic hobbyist. I draw because I have some skill and enjoy learning new things. I am mostly a writer and am working on several novel projects, including: The Abandonment, Loose Lips, His Name is Atlas, Sundown Ranch, & Destiny's Wicked Games.

When it comes to writing I hope to make a career of it... all it takes is one day at a time. For a long time I forgot about DA, but now that I'm in a stable living environment, have an amazing fiance, and plenty of artistic time, I can get back on the bandwagon. :love:

I have officially been a member of this community for 4 Years. In January 2013 I was made a Senior Member by fourteenthstar; check out the Seniority Announcement here. For now, I continue my plan to help other artists of this wondrous website. But what is my next dA goal?

Community Volunteer, yo!? :iconpimpplz:

Can't wait to see what new works DA has to offer me today!

:heart: OfOneSoul :tighthug:

Feel free to add me on skype. :happybounce:

My username is "ofonesoul".

My beautiful devID is credit to WintersRead. He offers commissions for them, check it out!


My Volunteer Work On DA

Authors-Roundtable :iconauthors-roundtable: Authors-Roundtable

I am the founder of the DA lit. group - Authors-Roundtable! :hooray:

Join the knights of literature's figurative roundtable where the pen is mightier than the sword! Here you will get the chance to receive feedback, participate in lit. contests, & (hopefully) slay dragons. If you have any suggestions or are interested in the group feel free to :note: me or comments on my page.

dANightsOfMystery :icondanightsofmystery: dANightsOfMystery

I am the founder of the Murder Mystery Party group - dANightsOfMystery!

Whether you're solving or committing the murder, there's plenty of ways to get involved in our Devious Nights of Mystery. If you have any suggestions or are interested in the group feel free to :note: me or comments on my page.


Deviants I Work With

... whether through commission or professional collaboration.

:iconawholelotofflowers: awholelotofflowers :iconawholelotofflowers:

This sexy lady and I are working on a novel together. :iconlachoirplz:

We don't have a title yet - but you better believe
it's going to blow your brains out your asses.
I really hope not. I don't wish your deaths...
so perhaps for your own safeties, don't ever read it.
Cuz it will do that.

FloodgatesWe’re lined up as we enter Year Seven.
Rulers are pulled out, skirts inspected. Three inches above the knee, no more.
Our skirts are millimeters too short. We hope to pass. If we pass, we’re allowed into the house. Those who don’t are sent home so their mothers can mend what’s broken.
They scour for torn hems, loose stitches, and find none. But Marissa filled out over the summer, and the back of her skirt rises up her thigh nearly an inch above an appropriate level. We share a knowing glance as she flows out of our line, thrust back into the office where someone will call her mother to gather her. Our mothers taught us to lean back when the ruler passed, to let the hem dip down to the creases of our knees. No one would know. When we pass, we share a silent victory.
When they can’t hear us, we whisper about Marissa’s chest, how red splotches cover her nose and cheekbones. We think she won’t come back, girls like her never do, and seventh years a
NarcissusThe cardinal at the side window
went to war this morning.
I woke to the sound of his tapping
on the glass, a steady rhythm of
red beak against window
as he went in for the kill.
Every few moments,
between the jabs against his reflection,
he would chirp at himself,
a high metallic chip to ward off
the intruder in his territory.
I watched inside from under the ceiling fans
as he struck the window,
as if the red-breasted bird he saw
had uttered some unspoken travesty upon him.
My sister said he found himself handsome,
had fallen in love with himself years before
and kept coming to see his reflection one more time.
He came back each March to knock against the window,
and I knew even then his black eyes held no attraction
for the bird that looked back.
I put my finger against the glass,
tapping at him with stubby digits,
and thought that surely some damage would come
from knocking your head against a pane of glass.
Or perhaps what started as a war against his blurred twin
had twisted into h

Cattle GraveyardThere are bones scattered in the grasses,
gray and faded, hidden between scrubs
and pricker bushes.
The summer air is thick in my throat
as I dig for bone treasures, a jaw,
a femur; if I'm lucky, I'll find an intact spine,
vertebrae still hanging together like a silver bracelet.
The coyotes live in a cluster of trees across the field,
restless as they wait for the next death
from infection in the lungs, fever, old age.
The last one to die was Railey, and she's
over by the oasis, her hide stretched thin over opalescent bones
picked clean by the buzzards circling
like puppets on wires above my head.
Their shadows on the ground before me are hallucinogens,
dizzying me for the hunt as I stumble
toward thick-boned skulls to mount on my bedroom wall.
Once, I believed they came here to die,
knew to lay down with their late kin;
I know now the rancher and his boy drag the carcasses
far from the barn and main house
to keep the coyotes at bay.
My father tells me the cattle mourn their dead,
Soul FoodMy sister took me to some joint on South Street,
this fusion dive with food from the other side of the world.
The girl on the register, young, from the university,
knows her well from her nightly visits for spice fixes.
She's got the order up when we pull the front door,
the whiff of fiery food soon curing the inside of our noses.
We're given corn fritters in sweet chili oil,
curried chicken with rice.
The scorch of fenugreek & cumin crusted fish
or wok fried ginger with cucumber relish
begins to burn a hunger deep in my gut.
My sister tells me it's her soul food,
the fried corn & peppers spicing our tongues,
the hint of thyme and turmeric in our mouths for hours.
"It melts my bones," she tells me.
"Slickens me into liquid blends of spice, of blood."
She needs melting like I need her,
the desire for some filling between the ribs,
for gingered moments of contentment in the soul.
In the fog of post-gorge we stroll the west shore,
the fizz and froth of surf rising to greet us,
wandering t

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George-B-Art Featured By Owner 3 hours ago  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much for the +Watch :huggle: 
OfOneSoul Featured By Owner 1 hour ago  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you for the watch, sweetheart!!! :iconsupertighthugplz:
JMK-Prime Featured By Owner Edited 3 hours ago  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for the trade. Nice avatar though. First time ever I have seen that clockwork pixel art as an avatar.
OfOneSoul Featured By Owner 1 hour ago  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you, my love! :huggle: ValaSedai made it for me. :iconrubcheeksplz:
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I was wondering if you received a note from me in the last couple of days about my poll.  I don't mean to harass you about it, but since prizes are involved, I thought I'd double check.  :lol:
OfOneSoul Featured By Owner 3 hours ago  Hobbyist Writer

:giggle: I did, my dear. I just have VERY limited access to the internet. ^^; I'm at lunch right now sneaking a few minutes - but this afternoon I'll be on for a couple of hours and will respond to your note. Thanks for checking in! :huggle:
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Thank you for the watch! :heart:
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You are very welcome, my love! :iconsupertighthugplz:
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Thanks for the favorite on this photograph.
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It was a gorgeous piece, my love! You are very welcome. :huggle:
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