The Most Unromantic Holiday Ever

During my last year of high school my mom suggested the two of us take a trip together, a last mother-daughter hurrah. I begged for Maui, longing to endure what I’d heard about the coolest place to visit. I’d heard about the locals who rode skateboards with their baggy jean shorts and long hair, the …

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Little Devilled Eggs

Little Devilled Eggs By Nicole Gatter Those devilled eggs, you love them so, but they hold stories, don't you know. Of times when Granny couldn't hold back tears, she'd tell you stories of painful years. She'd boil those eggs so the middle was right. She'd peel those shells without a fight. But as they peeled, …

Summer Warmth

Summer Warmth By Nicole Gatter Observing vast unmarked lands hosting sages and harlequin greens. Sweeping is the wind as it whispers words of wonderment. Hushing its softness across interminable blades of grass. Rolling hilltops glowing warm amber beneath a near sunset sky. Scents of sweetgrass and wild rose ride the warm and bona fide breeze. …

A Sea of Serpents

A Sea of Serpents By Nicole Gatter To swim in a sea of serpents must feel safer than this. Drenched in emotion of betrayal. Cloaked in sufferance. A King and his throne, demolished. A Queen and her shattered crown. Dismal attempts to reassemble as darkness evaded all might. Senses became more weakened. Heartstrings detached as …

2 Years Later

With disaster and devastation at the forefront of so many lives right now, I was reminded of how emotional it was (and still is) to see the helpless, lifeless body of little Alan Kurdi laying on a beach after drowning in the Mediterranean Sea.  I wrote this the day after his passing: September 3, 2015 …