Briar Rose Toyoshiba

Wonderland

By Briar Rose Toyoshiba The snow graced the ground in light pillow-like mounds, I look around in awe at the wonderland in front of me.  The trees towered above, yet I was unafraid. I glided from tree to tree, my nose getting red. The snow welcomed me as if I was one of their own.…

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Strings

Briar Rose Toyoshiba They say there’s such a thing as a red string of fate.  Have they told you about the other strings?  The pink one, the green one, the blue one.  My favorite is the gold one.  I know that is your true soulmate, platonic or romantic, the choice is yours.  I know because…

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Bloom

Briar Rose Toyoshiba I go to my garden and water my flowers. There’s all kinds of flowers too.  Periwinkles, calla lilies, forget-me-nots. I water each one, one by one. Speaking to them,  making sure they feel loved.  Each day I water them until my watering can is empty and I drag myself back inside. I…

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Thorns

Author: Briar Rose Toyoshiba  Fairy tales speak of a flower so fair but only the bravest may pick it. A prince rode braver than I, claiming he did not fear the thicket.  He rode through town shouting he would be back by high noon, But none saw him even far after the rise of the…

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Courage

A Member Submission for May’s Theme of Self-Growth Author: Briar Rose Toyoshiba I was born from a dying light, yet from my slumber I bloomed.  The odds were stacked against me, an unlikely hero. The constant rain kept me from climbing towards my goals. I would reach and slip. And reach and slip, And reach…

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Crystals

A student submission for April’s theme of Gratitude “Crystals” Author: Briar Rose Toyoshiba My heart swells and a pink crystal forms in my hands. A faint glow shines from it. The heart shaped rock makes me smile. I wrap the stone in a pretty pink parcel.  I think of my best friend and wrap their…

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Escapism

Author: Briar Rose Toyoshiba Games are one of the best portals to other worlds. Portals that can take us anywhere we want to be through pixels and C#. A simple click can open a portal to a whole new world.  Up     up        down           left          …

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Bottle Hearts

3rd place winner Fall 2021 Author: Briar Rose Toyoshiba I feel my heart start to sink into the depths. I quickly fish it out before it can fall into the void. The faint glow of red emitting from the bloody bruised organ in my hands.      Boom           Boom              B…oo…m I gently pat it and give it…

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