Jul 31

Tiny Highlights


Editor's Note: Here are some of the highlighted Tiny Writes published on the front page in recent weeks. Enjoy:

Almost all of the writing I do is inside my head. That's the real challenge of writers, not thinking up plots storylines or rhythmic lines that can convey what emotions mean to the soul, no. It's rereading what you spent hours on and realizing that it's missing half the details you made in your mind and that adding them would make it lose all structure and comprehension. I wonder how much better my writing would be if everything I felt and thought didn't get lost in translation between my mind and the paper. It makes me wonder how many thoughts go unsaid, or edited out in the writing process.
- lwood

Rest in peace, Aretha Franklin
- My Perpetual We...

you like to test the waters,
i like to dive right in.

you tread softly,
and i am heard from a mile away.

you are earth,
and i am fire.

but we need each other.

that's why i love you.
- BloodMoon825

I worry so much about becoming an adult that I'm wasting my childhood.
Abriatis

I found my family this week,
and I never want to let them go.
- Anna P.

I went to the ocean and wrote "Long live Ziggy Stardust" in the sand to commemorate one of the greatest artists of our time. I chose only the finest stones to surround it, decorating it with a trademark lightning bolt. The tide washed it away, but that's okay because it was made to celebrate his temporary time in this world and as it was swept away I couldn't help but think that wherever he is now, he received it as a gift from one who was (And continues to be) inspired by him. Or maybe not. Maybe I just especially missed him today.
David Bowie didn't die- he just went back to his own planet.
- My Perpetual We...

the hermit thrush sings
her song dancing through the leaves
you can choose, you know
-to be gifted

(a haiku)
- H20.hollym

Writing is my way of screaming,
and making sure that finally,
finally, 
i get heard.
- Nightheart

It's not my story to tell
is one of the most common phrases
that run through my head.
I hear it even when the story
is part of my story.
- SilverGoose

And with each scrap of hair that fell, she felt herself become lighter.
- nean_bean

If I didn’t, this story would have had a different ending.
- Drift

Perhaps it is fitting
That on the night of my birthday,
The biggest lunar eclipse 
Of the century occurred
- Nightheart

I love tiny writes...
And whether they like it or not, everyone who looks at it is getting treated to my stream of consciousness!
- My Perpetual We...

 the universe is endlessly indifferent
- adalet

My fingers, devoid of skill on the neck of a guitar, are like a cage trapping my songs so that no one will ever hear them. My voice alone is not good enough, I have been told. But how long until the songs are set free and not held back by these mangled chords? They flutter like birds in a cage.
- My Perpetual We...

favorite things about rainy days:

going out and getting soaked just so you can come back and counteract it with hot, bitter tea
watching the rain in the garden turning everything green against the grey
turning on all the lights even though it’s not dark yet because it makes everything cozier
popcorn and midsomer murders
walking around town getting soaked just because you can’t usually do that, as a civilized person
the sound of rain
- Fiona Ella

Even if you're only a few moments late, you miss the boat. A small mistake, yet the boat sails on without you, and you are helpless, with no way of catching it. And suddenly, you're left behind.​
- Harper the Lee

underneath everything, what if you're just like me?
- adalet

Sometimes the most beautiful things aren't even real, like the glimmer on the mermaid's tale I saw when the glittering emerald waves crested.
- Hannah Campbell

i think maybe i should have...
- lila woodard

it was as though the sun had been caught by a dark blue net and was being held captive under waves of shimmering sea
- Icestorm

Don't you ever get that feeling that someone you love just isn't there anymore?
Yeah, me too...
- Nicole Jasmin

If you extend your head to the sky
and whisper thank you,
The sun will light up your face
with grace
- sophie.d

i love you
maybe if i say it enough
you’ll feel it
and you’ll
love
you
too
- lila woodard

When I came back from berrypicking,
I had blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, and memories of thorns.
I had bugs, blood, juice, and a smile on my face.
- Abriatis

if i fell for you
you would take my heart
and say "you never had a chance."
- Rubber Soul

the present is often disappointing, dreary, and dead
but the future has brought me joys i never would have dreamed of
- glu.gun

This planet 
needs humans 
as much as
humans need
tails.
- Marina2020


The future never quite feels real. Usually it's mundane enough it doesn't have to. 
Not today.
- Fiona Ella

After a rain
A sky is never just blue
It can be yellow
Red
Orange
As the sun sets.
- Abriatis

Last night was lit, and I wrote a poem about it.The moon was blood red, and there was heat lightning overhead. The fireflies flashed. The birds dashed. This is a true story. The night was full of glory.
- You know who

I don't think other families
keep their green cards in the car
just in case they're pulled over
by ICE.
- Nightheart

Your opinion is the water that washes all of the things that make me different away.
- Rubber Soul

sure, i have grown, but have i really changed?
- adalet

We cleaned up the kitchen, the floor, and the dining room table, only to prepare dinner, wear our shoes inside, and spread out our homework once more.
- jbird18

a swing in the sun is the best place to read the letter you find in the mailbox.

-- H20.hollym

If you want to make something of yourself in this world, you can't break yourself.
You need to know how to build yourself up again after you break.

-- Brigit Carrigan

..She said: No.
Understand that this word
Means nothing but what it's always meant:
NO!
-- Rubber Soul

The time has come.
For what? Who knows?
To take a leap of faith, maybe.
To fly.
-- BloodMoon825

I wonder if ants have a way to speak about spiders.
-- Jbird
 
I have to face the dragon.
--Rovva
 
when did we lose the meaning?
-- adalet
 
someday, when i figure out how to fly, i'll tell this story of mine
-- H20.hollym
 
Are we still ourselves if we restrict our every behavior to make us like ourselves better? And which is us, the one held back or the one doing the holding back?
-- Fiona Ella

Wipe your smile from my lips.
- Drift

this i must carry alone
- adalet
 
He laughs
with mouthfuls
of rain water
- Love to write
 
Santa Fe has stopped being a beautiful, out of reach location in a musical, but instead is another statistic. And that's what they are now - not tragedies anymore, not something met with shock, but statistics, a quiet sigh in the back of a classroom, the whisper of "there's been another".
-- Sherlock's Nobody
 
My bus hurries past flags at half mast,
And I can't help but wonder,
If they're there for,
California,
Santa Fe,
Georgia,
Or Indiana
- Icarus Blackmore
 
I can't morph into a cloud
If I'm just a rock,
Just like I can't dream
If I don't have a destiny.
- Anna P.
 
 I look too much at the night sky, explore the stars in my mind, meet people and see things beyond my imagination. I'm not grounded enough - I should be doing homework, not lying on the roof, staring at the stars. Even in class, my mind's not there; I'm floating among those balls of light which seem so small from here. In my mind, they're not tiny pinpricks in the blanket of space, but giants, giving life to the worlds surrounding them.
- SherlocksNobody
 
I shudder - ten more dead kids.
- SilverGoose
 
a school shooting; the killing of ten student's lives and hundreds of others' safety and security is NOT a tool to wield over another school's loudspeaker to get another set of a couple hundred students to behave as decent high-minded citizens. The act of being decent citizens should NOT be associated with the 17-year-old that used all the wrong outlets of power and control to navigate the world; who failed in that regard. The sickening and horrendous act of the bullets shot to kill Aaron, Angelique, Kimberly, Cynthia, Sabika, Chris, Jared, Shana, Glenda, and Christian should NOT be used as an example; a motivation to more students to be better people. Period.
- H20.hollym
 
I walked down the sidewalk, the slip of paper a folded opportunity in my back pocket.
- H20.hollym
 
It's a shame to be any less free than you're supposed to be.
--Love to Write

In their world, I am too quiet
In my world, I am too loud
What am I in this world?
Whose world is this world?
- g_rob02

In America, I
am too Iranian.
In Iran, I
am too American.
I can't
decide what
to do.
- Nightheart
 
My hand quivers as I lower it to the strings
I draw the bow across them
a golden wave of sound
my fingers twitch
my arms tremble
the violin cries out with joy
judges look on
nailed it
- sumneri
 
i've gone from wanting to own a cupcake shop to wanting to be an fbi agent.
is this growing up?
- Piper
 
Like speaking to a butterfly,
or shouting at a moth,
all you can do
is make sounds I don't understand,
and all I can do
is listen.
- Michmich
 
i have been ignored, shushed, and shut out about my problems and my feelings so many times
by the time someone finally cared to listen
i had already pushed it aside
and
by the time you asked, i was already done with it
- sasha

I hate
you hate
we all hate
and the country
comes tumbling down
- Nightheart
 
Don't we all love the little hunks of metal that claim to rearrange our teeth?
- nean_bean
 
Ticks and fleas are the bouncers of the woods.
- sburnse
 
It's that time of the year. I get increasingly anxious as I watch those select few seniors, those ones I allowed myself to get close to, even if they don't know me. They're graduating in not even two months, disappearing, forever out of reach. And next year, I already know whose graduation I'm dreading. The year after that? It's me, flung out into the unknown, left to fend for myself, clueless and lost. I know that as much as I want to keep in touch with all my friends, I'll lose them as soon as any one of us leaves this hell of a school. And I'm terrified.
- SherlocksNobody
 
Had tears been drawn
from dry canals,
had hands been soft and warm.
Had cribs been polished and gentle,
creaking in a natural rhythm,
just loud enough to fill the silence in eerie corners.
Just quiet enough to know
you're not alone.
- Michmich
 
This world would a better place if everyone smiled a little more.
- Laura hi101
 
Spring is my favorite time of year. I can wear my socks and sandals.
- Harper the Lee

I had such a clever idea an hour ago. I wanted to write it on the inside of my binder so I wouldn't forget. I figured it was interesting enough I'd probably remember.
I forgot.
- Fiona Ella
 
Spring is a cat,
curled before the hearth,
stretching awake at long last,
flicking raindrops in its mirth.
It scratches at the door--
here, and then away.
But all is well and good
when Spring comes out to play.
- Noruinin
 
Kissed by yellow petals saying hello.
- AliciaMarie7
 
The guitar is making me vulnerable, as are the words I sing.
- Rubber Soul
 
My storm has never stopped.
- Love to write
 
He, him, his.
She, her, hers.
Me, she, he.
-Rubber Soul
 
Frustration seeps
through the crack
in my window when I think
about what our world has come too.
--Love to Write

It's that chair again - that one that squeaks each time you move. Nobody knows whose it is, except for the person sitting in it. Each person wriggles slightly in their own seat, listening for that awful sound. Confident that they're not the source of that painful screeching, they now look around, listening, wondering who it is. Some find out, but most will never know. At least, not until it's them sitting in that one chair.
--SherlocksNobody
  
another moment floats away
on wisps of wings
gone
--Mossy Oak
 
We're not the kind of ghosts you think we are.
-- Love to Write
 
Someone yells at someone else. Someone yells back. I yell to stop yelling. Someone yells at me. Someone else yells for no particular reason other than for the sake of yelling. Someone starts singing. Someone yells at them. Three people yell at that person. Someone throws a shoe. Someone squishes a spider. Someone yells at them for squishing the spider. A teacher yells for everyone to stop yelling and get to class.
--adknarwhal
 
I feel like I am constantly running towards a goal that someone else set.
--lila woodard
 
Skiing Haiku
Top of the mountain
Icy fire fills my lungs
I breathe out and soar
-- Icestorm
 
Life is but a tiny moment, a short story in a long history. My great grandmother died last week. Hers was but a short story in this world but a big start to many others. I am proud to be her great granddaughter and that she was a big part of my story. I will always remember her cooking in her tiny kitchen asking me "did you eat yet hita?" and her lovely laugh. She would light a candle whenever something was going on in my family and pray for them no matter what. one of the kids had a cold and she would hear about it she would light a candle. My mom who has been long separated from her grandson (my dad) and was having twins and she lit a candle for them. No matter what she prayed and held space for every one in the family, she was like a beacon that brought everyone together. I will always love her.
-- wondering about rain

I stood in the lunch line, waiting. My friend stood behind me, loading up her tray. "Where are we sitting today?" I asked cheerfully. I always looked forward to this time of the school day.
"I don't know..." she trailed off as she looked at a table across the room. At that table sat her girlfriend, plus our other two friends who are together. There was no extra seat for me.
"Oh.." I said as the realization hit. "It's ok... I'll just sit somewhere else." I tried to sound optimistic, but even I heard the undertones of hurt in my voice. I walked away quickly, before she could see my face. It has always been the five of us, together through everything. But now... I'm a fifth wheel. I sat down at a different table, trying not to feel pathetic. A minute later though, I heard someone sit down next to me. It was my friend. She smiled at me. I then realized, that it didn't matter if I was an extra person. I smiled back.
-- Ink Sparks