School

  • illustration by Ale Mercado for poem Fixed

    Fixed

    We are shunned and made to believe That the world is not as bright as we would like to perceive. That the silver lining is just a trick of the eyes, That anything pure is tainted with lies. Cover my mouth with a sticker labelled child, I said they lived happily ever after, and I […]

  • illustration by Ale Mercado for Inside by Andi Emilian Iftime

    Inside

    Inside, there is fear. Shadows surround me, the vultures circle. Inside, there is silence. Quiet whispers of woe, locked within me. Inside, there is pain. Their echoes leap at me, sharp as spears. Inside, there is darkness. Surrounded, circled – and alone.

  • Image by Ale Mercado for Where did everybody go

    Where Did Everybody Go

      In places in places I used to call home. Now I’m all alone In a place I don’t even know. My house is now full of objects. Not memories. In my home there is a bath and in my house there is a grave. I reach my legs off the bed to find an empty space. […]

  • Girls illustration by Ale Mercado

    Girls

    I’m a girl; so what I’m not allowed to play sport anymore?  Or you think girls lives aren’t as good as yours?  Girls are strong, girls are powerful,  In fact we make this world quite wonderful.  Think about it; without girls the human race would die out,  Our world wouldn’t have been as great as […]

  • Illustration for Internal Garden

    Internal Garden

      My soul is a rusting flower And when its harvest yields I find myself drowning In these horribly beautiful fields Of gold, and pain, and laughter Across torn grins; my soul Paints brilliantly with these flowers That refuse to devour that cold I feel: that rare, confused beauty Writhing behind brilliant eyes My soul […]

  • Stars

    Stars seem odd to aspire to be. They are beautiful and they shine, yet they burn out and die, as we do. They are so out of touch and difficult to reach; all their energy goes into being bright, just for them to fade away. I would rather be the whole night sky. Something people […]

  • Orange Overalls illustration by Alé Mercado

    Orange Overalls

    I keep them safe inside me mind, locked up very tight. They hum and haw incessantly. Restlessly. But I – I say nothing. The walls, they grow in width and height, hidden deep inside this prison in my mind. But I – I’m captured too. I feel them claw their needle-sharp nails against my inner […]

  • Clichés illustration by Alé Mercado

    Clichés

    I worked so hard to create an us that I lost myself in the process. I know it’s a cliché, but that doesn’t make it less true. After all, everything was a cliché with us, from the first cheesy chat-up line. Like every good whirlwind romance we went up like flames and came down in […]

  • Illustration for Gold poem by Alé Mercado

    Gold

    Boldly, brightly, emerges the golden sun; looking down on jade fields and preparing for fun. Upon mountain lakes it gives a glistening glaze, as it sets upon the world its golden haze. It consumes us in a blistering heat, but gives warmth to the sand which caresses our feet. High in the sky its blinding […]