Category Creative Writing

Cold Warrior

(“She loved me for the dangers I had pass’d, And I loved her that she did pity them.” Othello, William Shakespeare) To train you not to crack under hostile interrogation, they shoved your six-foot frame into a foot-long locker, buried you alive, then headed off for a long cocktail lunch at the officers’ club. When finally exhumed, you smiled and said, “Did you give my phone number to the waitress

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The Longest Day

During our fourth week of U.S. Navy boot camp, we found ourselves in the service of the mess hall. The navy called it Service Week, and we’d been warned about it for the previous three weeks. Everyone said it would be a sweet little piece of hell made up of the most interminable days imaginable. To the carefree civilian, we were told, eight weeks in boot camp might seem like nothing,

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Friendship

What If Celebration Community Poem – Colorado Springs Compiled by Lindsay Deen and Taylor Johnson Ness This poem was compiled by the community at the 2017 What If Celebration by Poetry Heals. The words were hung upon a garland by those who passed by the booth on their way to the Portal. We’ve taken the words, in order, and compiled a poem, creating complete sentences, and only changing verb tenses

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Hurricane Irma and the Spirit of Key West

The other day, I sat in a local restaurant eating a Key Lime torte and thinking about how Key West owes the Cuban coastline a debt of gratitude for slowing down Hurricane Irma. As unkind as she was to Florida, an unimpeded Irma might have reduced Key West to a denuded stump of coral. Just look at what happened to Barbuda. Still, even if a worst-case scenario had occurred, the

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Hand Me that Remote: Watching the Disaster in Real Time

People love to watch disasters unfold, especially from the comfort of their overstuffed sofas, remotes in hand. They may say it’s because they’re concerned about the people involved, and perhaps they are, or they enjoy seeing the sheer power of Mother Nature on display, but I’ve always thought it was because we all have a bit of the voyeur in us. There’s plenty of material out there. It seems there’s

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Hurricane Irma, From a Distance

You look so awesome from this angle, the cosmic one our local meteorologists, always eager to be the first to send us news of imminent devastation, have helpfully digitized and rendered ceaselessly uploadable. Did the satellite shutter- bug catch you at your best? Would you have preferred just one more quick take, maybe to tweak that stray stratus just escaping your otherwise tightly wound coiffure or to alter your catapultingly

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