Author Archive: helenspyro

Eight-Legged Exploration

I tiptoed over the smooth, gleaming rocks. Trampled over velvety sand, and bounded over mangled, knobby driftwood, in search of fishing hooks or wire. My family roamed and meandered with me, chattering as they went, over the pebbles that made up the tranquil Grecian beach. Salty waves lapped at the sandy shore, and sea spray …

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Diamonte

Oak Treelofty, leafyaging, towering, rustlingbark, branches, petals, bloomsfluttering, swooning, quiveringnectarous, ambrosialCherry Blossom

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Nature Knows No Boundaries

The swirling clouds laced themselves across the night sky with the intention of dragging stars and planets behind it. A gaping hole at the center, the eye, pitched and deformed with the raging currents of a natural calamity. This was a storm, but not like any other I had ever seen. It took much self-motivation …

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Music Feeds the Flames

Music engulfs me in lyrical flames.  With each crackle a new melody, I hear the fire popping everywhere. In the streets, on every city block, inferno always absorbs me. Whenever I’m low, the heat of the burn smolders any misery and leaves me crazed for its warmth; warmth so painful, but I couldn’t live without it all …

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With the Wind in My Hair

I got myself hyped, nervous, and pulsing with energy. The gym teachers had us right where they wanted us, lined up neatly, side-by-side, awaiting the sound of a starting whistle. Phys. Ed. races were nothing serious, but my reputation as a runner wasn’t going downhill because of one stupid race, so I was determined to …

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Breath So Fragile

Out in the cold, the wind is the only thing that moves me. It gently ruffles my hair, adds red to my ashen cheeks, and playfully swirls fallen leaves around me. Before autumn, my breath was an invisible miracle, a thing that kept me living. Now, whenever I let my body heave a simple sigh, …

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Mine (for lack of a better title)

Gnarled wood lay sprawled on every browning lawn. Debris and rubbish scatter the streets of New Jersey. Dedicated residents, determined to help after a hurricane, comb the neighborhoods for people in need of help. This is teamwork, recovery, and the time to push aside our differences to help others with their problems. The damage on …

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White Death

A melodic warble, that of the last autumn birds, meandered through the stinging cold air. Its sorrowful tune drifted in and out of spindly tree branches, branches that were once teeming with leaves and life. Not only this melody reminisced about warmer seasons, but other meager details showed nostalgia, too. The elderly, cracked trees swooning …

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Ocean Tangles

These waves licked my heels, beckoning me to their salty paradise. Wrapped around my ankles, desperately clinging to me, the currents sang: “We want you,” they coaxed and oozed, “come back to us.” Each time a swell crashed, I tried harder to resist. My face was stricken with tears, as well as sea spray, and …

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“Daydreams of a Rigid Sea”

The sea, with frothy foaming waves, Crashing but often swelling up again, The swirling aqua storm it braves, Yet, the howling wind it always craves, With the strength of 100 men.   Then suddenly, there is serene and calm, And seaweed and squawking gulls, A boy humming softly, shells in palm, Cautious treading after a …

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