By Maya Tisdale
If you can’t see the sun amongst the clouds,
or hear the songs of peace being played,
Keep going cause you’re in too deep now.
You feet are too far on this road,
For you to have a change of heart,
have the strength to finish carrying this heavy load.
Yes, this path you have been on is awfully cold,
So crooked, rugged, lonely, and forsaken.
But this is no time to fold.
No time to shrink in size,
Or excuse yourself from life,
This, after all, is for the ultimate prize.
Yes, you’ve lost many who were by your side,
Many seem to be gone, only to cause more pain,
But what good would it be if you got so close, just to die?
Just to watch it all become undone.
To fade into the would’ve been, and could’ve been.
To be forced to celebrate what the enemy has won.
No, walk on through the days of night,
Where adversity surrounds you,
For the Lord knows well your cry.
You’re at the point of breaking,
All ready to fall,
But you’ve got to know the new day is just waking!
You have to hold out for that wave,
that flood of liberation,
For when it comes, you won’t even sway.
So go forward, and turn no other way at all,
Allow the stripes to be opened on your back,
Make you stand like no one beside you is tall.
All those lost while walking this land,
The empty silhouettes beside you,
Are waiting to, in a dance of praise, take your hand.
Go, till you can embrace His glory,
And tell the babies,
How good an author God was with your story.
Lit. Mag. Staff
Table of Contents
~"Sonnet" by Pavan Dayal (Poetry)
~"The Five Performers" by Javier Flores (Poetry)
~"Don't Forget to Remember" by Jillian Wolstromer (Fiction)
~"Waterfall" by Tianna Perry (Poetry)
~"Bipliophile" by Ye Yee Mary Song (Artwork)
~"In the Dark?" by Maya Tisdale (Poetry)
~"Outcast" by Michaela Gathings (Poetry)
~"I am Woman" by Oluwajoba Ogun (Poetry)
~"Enigma" by Serena Wooten (Fiction)
~"Robbery on the Dusty Road" by Emily Guettler (Fiction)
~"Seasons and Relationships" by Kaylee Kalaf (Poetry)
~"Lullaby" by Caitlyn Doan (Poetry)
~"The Crown" by Olivia King (Fiction)
~"Skull" by Ye Yee Mary Song (Artwork)
~"Dying Ugly" by Maya Tisdale (Poetry)
~"The Haunts of Brynmor House" by Emily Guettler (Fiction)
~"Swamp Town" by Samuel Asabor (Fiction)