Sweet Pizzas and Cannibal Neighbours

My neighbour Mr. Shoaib is a cannibal. I say this because I remember asking who was at the door once after a particularly aggressive knocking sound. My question wasn’t answered, but I opened the door anyways to a tall, wiry fifty-something man wearing a distinctive snapback decorated with a marijuana leaf and the slogan “Keep Blazing, Stay Amazing!” In his left hand was a transparent bag filled with what appeared…

drowned together

The waves of romance are certain to erode each rock; each objection that somehow knows that love will lead one astray. I mapped out each inch of those waters and returned cold and half-drowned, swearing never to return. Though there is a certain pleasure that comes from swimming in the oceans of someone’s eyes, this can quickly turn into a certain disaster when the waves become torrid and leave no…

Fascism in Today’s World

Officially, the word “fascism” (considered independent of its historical connotation) is considered a far-right, authoritarian ultranationalistic political ideology that thrives on the suppression of opposition. And today, this word is most commonly used by pro-democrats to classify Trump and his policy. The word has a crude power to it, and no one enjoys being called a fascist even if they don’t quite understand its true meaning. But it is this…

Frosted Flakes

Milk with cocoa on cold nights, Frozen footpaths we all wished for, Yet now sighs rise with the sight of white. Our accounts of innocence have now grown poor.   Pick up the children-sized hockey sticks that once we used to be the stars. Playing pretend with endless scripts- But now everything is truly a farce.   The final day was forgotten by all since we all moved on to…

Free Choice October 2020 B: Competition of the Sexes

The French Enlightenment philosopher Voltaire is often attributed with the quote regarding the true rulers of society, yet it is believed to actually have existed first in Kevin Alfred Strorm’s writing from 1993: “To learn who rules over you, simply find out who you are not allowed to criticize.” Who are we not allowed to criticize? It’s incredibly complicated, but perhaps analyzing the case studies of assigned sexuality can help…

October 2020 Free Choice A: Infinite

∞ Imagine the largest number possible. The largest number to the power of the largest number to the factorial of the largest number multiplied by the largest number. Surely we have reached the largest number, right? Now add one. Now add one more. You no longer have the largest number, for there is always something just out of reach of it. And there is always some deeper crack or crevice…

this hopeless romantic

There is a certain pleasure in appreciating the beauty of a blooming flower in a garden. There is a certain pleasure in indulging one’s self in your sickle-shaped eyes; in drinking in the oasis of your smile splayed forth from a simple yet carefully practiced and rehearsed joke. There is a certain pleasure in fantasizing about the days and months ahead, moving perpetually closer to you until we are both…

January 2020 Free Choice: Deathbed

When the final grains of sand descend,   And the hourglass shall not be turned again,   What plagues my mind and brings me dread   Will be the tears I never shed.   But you, my sweet, whom I met by such chance,   a beauty suspended in tragic dance.   Such agony has hidden behind her smile,   “Perhaps we’ll talk for a while.”   Her restless eyes…

E N T R A N C E D – Entrancing And Romancing Part 5 – FINALE

There he is: flashing that wild charismatic smile at the onlookers who only see a fraction of it – they do not ponder it like I do; explore its crevices and valleys, and the glint of intensity in his eyes. They see that smile and see it as what it is: a smile. But they don’t see the loving, confidently stupid quality in it: the bits that tell you to…

S P O T L I G H T – Entrancing and Romancing Part 4

There she is; clad beautifully in the colours of angels, standing near the back, though she holds first place in my heart. She’ll win the award for best kisser ever – I’m sure, though I haven’t been able to judge for myself. Thankfully, no other has received the first contact from those electrifying lips; leaving me to be the harbinger of love yet to come. And although they will try…