A look at what I hide, even from those closest to me, and why.
Asma Al-Masyabi is a free-verse poet and visual artist based in Colorado, who occasionally delves into flash fiction. She is currently pursuing her Associates in English with a concentration in creative writing. Her two biggest passions are crafting the written word and art and she wants to pursue a life-long career where she can do both. She’s dreaming big dreams, reading good books, while simultaneously baking chocolate chip cookies. When not experimenting in the kitchen, you can find her reading all the comics she can get her hands on and watching the next big hit her mom found on TV.
Favorite Authors & Artists
Louisa May Alcott, Mary Oliver, Tillie Walden
As a writer and artist, I always try to really challenge myself. I attempt new genres and formats and commit myself to doing things I never thought I could. However, I always stick to what I feel characterizes my work—writing about the smaller things. The quiet and not-so-quiet moments that build our everyday lives, the little things that are often part of something bigger than all of us. That, I feel, is where I find the best stories.
In a world where speech is heavily monitored, Hannan is left reeling after spotting her former friend at a protest. She attempts to tell her sister, wary of who might be listening.
frame family in doorway, huddled on charcoal couch,
ad break muted in favor of bad jokes, laughter
gentle–wait for the punchline to pour gush of warmth into mugs,
clink spoon to make sonorous honey hum
to mellow ginger buzz
This poem explores the mystery of lost words and where one must go to find them.