Fiction

Poem: Without Love

A child now lives without his Mother  I look to mine and wonder She wears the garments of a Muslim woman with honor  I fear for her and wonder  What would it have been like to be without...

Poem: To Be Free

We are pleased to present the winner of Speakeasy's very first writing challenge! We asked participants to write a short or poem about what the world looks like five years after the pandemic and...

The Money Hoop

Bumblebee black-and-yellow finish. Katzkin leather interior. Convertible soft top. 2.2L inline-four engine. Nearly salivating, Dustin stared at the sleek ‘04 Honda S2000 on his phone, dribbling a basketball with his free hand. Next to the...

Remember Me

Lester David Blackburn pulled his van to the side of the bustling road in the heart of the bustling city. Wide-eyed, he gazed about at the bright colourful lights, the big billboards, the even...

Once You Understand This, It Will Set You Free

The boy fell asleep on the couch, reading. He loves to read, loves to learn – and loves the idea of finishing books. How terrible, he thinks, that last habit is. So vain and...

Ten Minutes Until Sundown

“We don’t usually get folks coming out of town no more—so believe you me that that accounts for half the stares alone,” the barkeep said. After a moment’s silence, he began to shift his...

Acknowledgements

Storytelling. It’s a gift that some are born with. Some higher-order being must grant certain souls this ability. Entrust them with the power to make our society chug merrily along through fascinating tales. The...

Mental Monsters

Monsters at bay Shield yourselves Lest your mind shall fall prey To all the negative things you tell yourselves I wish I could pray But I no longer believe In anything but the day lest I shall be deceived My mind...

My Poem To My Father

The past few days have been nice despite the lockdown. Despite the work, despite guilt and sadness and self-questioning and a myriad of decisions always waiting to be made. Things have changed since my...

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