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Published Writing by Kayla-Jane

Thwarted By A Malign Star

Read my speculative fiction short story in The Quarantine Review. Click here.

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The Destroyers

healing the land will not come from working beyond our means
or buying to fill the void that has been nurtured by disconnect and empty promises
rushing out days until retirement, when we have earned our right to slow down
you paid your dues, you are welcome to rest, here’s your ticket for freedom
life doesn’t feel worth living because our role has become the destroyers
naming streets after the trees that have been displaced
weeping seeds into the ground
hoping life will arrive from a plot of dead grass
drained of it’s nutrients
like our souls desire for a special delivery, we ship the same day
happiness does not grow in cardboard boxes and curated advertisements
it grows from patience and being tender to the land
when we embark on touching grass, it needs to be more than a trend
it needs to come from the whole heart
to reminder the mother, we are whole,
we just lost our way.

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Image by Micha Brändli

Exemption

throughout my mind     repeating      chant
freedom      freedom    freedom
from judgement
        distractions
              unattainable success
sunflowers reaching for the sky on their own time
freedom from doomscrolling
               creating false dreams in my psyche
freedom from a false sense of connection
           digital desire to hold hands and create a movement
beyond the false livelihood curated by businessmen
who define me as a subscriber, lacking the humanity of a mind
connection is divinity    not a commodity  to be bought
          and          sold

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Image by Michael Dziedzic
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