…from the razor-sharp literary minds at The Slam, Cicada's online writing forum for ages 14-23. Devour this literary wonderfulness!
class rings and snowstorms
by elaine, south jersey
shining silver nestled under clammy fingerprints,
hard lines of metal softened by
a sky of gray, cloudy navy lit by hard dark light,
somehow the perfect background for
dark forest green trees and brown black tree-bones,
images images images
made valuable only by the connotations
books and smoky 90s movies and
memories sharp like glass through an unknowingly
but the feeling is physical.
black tentacles swirling on my insides,
part a comfort and part a
organic but dead,
foreign but tolerated,
changed by the road.
My Wildest Dreams
by Chiarezza Giovanni, North Carolina
My wildest dreams are coming true
And not one of them involving you.
by Angie, California
The natural force of attraction that tends to cause physical things to move towards each other.
Like a celestial body
I am pulled to you.
"The Dentist Will See You Now" - A (Hopefully) Comedic Saga Told in Three Acts
by No_Wisecracks_Please, An island called Somewhere
MORNING, WEDNESDAY, 3/19/14
1. After alarm has gone off several times, wake up and switch it off. Wonder why entire family has not come in to shout at me.
2. Remember that today is day I have to go to dentist for two fillings. Wonder if it would be possible to fake being sick.
3. Everyday stuff. Spend entire morning trying not to think about dentist appointment.
4. The problem with this being that the harder you try not to think of something, the more it pops in your head. The proper way to combat this is to focus all one’s attention on thinking of something else.
5. This strategy partly works until after breakfast, when I begin brushing teeth. Really, really, brushing teeth. The last thing I need is for them to discover another cavity. Dentists being what they are, they would probably decide to fix it right then.
6. Perhaps what they thought was cavity was only small black speck of some unidentified food substance, and they will send me home.
8. Feel guiltily glad that brother is coming to have cavity filled too. Not that I’m glad he has a cavity, it’s just that when you head into a dark forest crawling with snakes, you want your best friend along.
9. Try not to think about James Herriot’s third chapter of All Things Wise and Wonderful, the one that begins, “I am afraid of dentists.” Really funny chapter, but not sort of thing you want to think about when you’re going to see member of aforementioned fear-striking profession.
10. Say goodbye to Mom and little sister; Dad is driving. Hold on to Mom for a moment, wondering if it would be possible to just not let go.
11. Get into car. Bring notebook and pencil along to do some writing. Sounds highly unlikely, but better than alternative, which is sitting in waiting area hyperventilating.
12. Try to think of places I would rather not be going to right now. Can only think of one – villain’s base in story currently sitting in my lap. Find it much easier to think of places I would rather be going to: The library, the park, a swamp, under the deck…
13. Arrive at building complex where dentist is located. Walk through sophisticated wood-and-glass lounge room, then through hallway decorated with friendly abstract paintings. All looks pretty nice until you open a door and find The Stairs.
14. Walk up The Stairs. Try not to think about the fact that they are black metal and surrounded by bare concrete, nor the fact that they look exactly like something out of thriller movie or evil genius’s lair. I have an evil genius with stairs just like this. Admittedly, they were inspired by these stairs, but that’s beside the point.
15. Enter waiting area before Dad, who says to check in. Briefly consider not checking in and hiding behind chairs instead.
16. Check in. Sit down. Open notebook. Write a few words.
17. Wonder why they must play such obnoxious cartoons, why the children in here seem to enjoy them so much, and why everyone nowadays must make animated TV shows that make me feel as if I am about to throw up.
18. Spend more time wondering than writing. Wonder, while I’m at it, why, if I hate these shows so much, I cannot seem to tear my eyes away from them.
19. Jump like startled rabbit every time door opens to admit another unlucky victim - er, I mean, someone who’s going to get their teeth fixed. Feel immediate relief wash over me when I realize it’s not my turn yet. Make unwise decision to relax.
20. Therefore, am completely unprepared when it is my turn. Look around for escape. Find none. Shake hands with brother before entering dragon’s den - his appointment is full hour after mine. Square shoulders. Quake in boots. Follow hygienist down hall to assigned Chamber of Doom.
21. Tell myself I have nothing to fear.
22. Do not believe myself.
23. Remember Robert Benchley’s quote: “For continued, unmitigating depression, I know nothing to equal [the combination of words] ‘The doctor will see you now.’”
END ACT I