Holt Street

I wound a broken guitar string around my left thumb and index finger until I could no longer feel either of them because I was high and I liked the shades of red and white that pulsed down my hand until he unwound the string and placed my palm in his own, and then I … Continue reading Holt Street

Before The Lights Come Up

Oh she’ll pull you in, all teeth and blood red lips, the way she moves as if she owned the joint, and anyone who steps foot inside. Until the lights come on she will be here clinking glasses filled with cheap champagne and grinding on any available hip she can find, and she'll wink and … Continue reading Before The Lights Come Up

On Poetry – #1

There are many things you can lie your way through; poetry is not one of them. © Nicole Lyons 2017

I Was Here

I will not tread lightly. I want you to know, by the quake in your bones and the falter of your step, that I was here before you, and I fought valiantly. © Nicole Lyons 2017

Scar – Michelle Schaper

The remains of the day softly settled on her skin She sat reflecting while her heart let stars come in With these stars came dark of night, twisting all her thoughts A crescent moon scarring black canvas, a reminder of her flaws Staring at the luminous scar floating oh so high, she saw beauty shining … Continue reading Scar – Michelle Schaper

By My Own Admission #6 – S.L. Heaton

By my own admission...you taught me so many things. Lessons I will always carry with me. Like how to shut down during a disagreement because silence was so much better than the mockery of words I tried to speak out loud. You taught me to be tough…not to cry…because crying is ugly. I learned to … Continue reading By My Own Admission #6 – S.L. Heaton

No – Michelle Schaper

  I often forget how damaged I am, bluffing my way through life with an over rehearsed self confidence to hide my vulnerabilities. But when I am reminded, all the tiny broken pieces of me stab the back of my eyes and my rebel heart raises its hackles like a frightened cat. Fragments of my … Continue reading No – Michelle Schaper

Thank you, Sir, Can I Have Another? – Stephanie Bennett-Henry

Thank you, Sir, can I have another? I wasn't quite clear the first dozen times you called me a bitch, a whiny female, worthless. Tell me again how I'm dramatic, overreacting, just in the way. Tell me how I'm ruining everything for you just by talking. Somehow my voice got a firm grip on your … Continue reading Thank you, Sir, Can I Have Another? – Stephanie Bennett-Henry

Dear Walmart

Update 1: The Mighty has published this piece which has been updated with Walmart's response to the costume makeup being sold on their online store. Update 2 : We would like to thank Walmart for removing this from their online store. Update 3 – On Monday, October 25 Rubie’s Costume Co, responded to Stephanie Bennett-Henry’s request … Continue reading Dear Walmart

Me – Stephanie Bennett-Henry

 Me I've always been different and I'll tell you why. I'm not afraid of the truth. I'm not afraid of being honest and raw and downright brutal with how I choose to hammer words out of my mouth. I'm not afraid to show myself without a designer label, without any coat of sugary bullshit. I'm … Continue reading Me – Stephanie Bennett-Henry