Edition 5 Prompt – Unreliable Narrator: A Tale from Two Sides
Sun & Stars
By Eliza Shallard
I love him, maybe. I fight for him anyway and win, because that’s safer. I’m not happy. I should be. He’s perfect.
But something big is missing. I cry on my best friend’s shoulder and since that’s already ridiculously cliché, I let myself wonder, what if I’d had the courage to fight for her instead?
She loves someone else. That’s okay because she’s beaming, she’s the sun.
But then she’s crying and all I want is to make her laugh. I make her laugh sometimes and she looks at me like maybe I’m her stars.
But that’s normal, right?
Brain Versus Heart
By Noni Cole
When it comes to dealing with feelings
There are two worse than a conflicting conscience
They personify the duality of art and reality
They coexist to resist and insist
Each other’s irrationality
One says “go!”
The other says “no!”
Know of forgo?
We are an entity though?
Competing, beating, bleeding one another
Both just as greedy
And neither defeating the other
Of equal reliance
And virtual compliance
It defies all logic
Synthetic apparitions of you
We’re back at the start
My brain thinks I just had a change of heart
By Edie M Bush
Betty was onto her fifth rendition of Chris’ promotion from office overseer to co-supervisor. Cheryl sucked her lips as if in deep thought and blinked to shift the glaze on her eyes. Adjusted her scarf against the icy mist. Only an hour in. Two more to go.
What she wouldn’t do for a hot coffee.
“Skim cappuccino, extra extra hot please, dear. Really hot.”
“Yes, same again, thank you. As I was saying –”
At the barista bench, Sarah’s waitress smile stretched into a ironic grimace.
“Two ‘hot’ skinny caps for a pair of old biddies.” Carl rolled his eyes.
By Isabella Luk
In the water the stick is bent
My eyes they deceive me
But they are all I have to see
I saw this with my eyes
The man. He jumped
The man jumped. Where did he jump?
The man jumped off the building.
The stick is straight
The man made no noise
And eyes lie to me
I saw this with my eyes
The man was pushed off the building
The man fell off the building
The man tripped off the building
The man flew off the building
What did I see?
The man jumped off the building and lived
It Comes In Two
By Scarlette Do
He brought me where no one could find us
He made me kneel on the fallen twigs
amidst the naked trees
His hand behind my head
His hand between my thighs
He came to the sounds I could not make
He left before I could speak again
I wanted him to stop.
I followed him to the place no one knew
It was the way I looked at him
the way I had my first button undone
I touched him there, where he liked it best
I touched him where he could not resist
I wanted him