‘Twas Not The Angel On My Shoulder
By Mahjazee Ruiz & Jaanelle Yee
A riddle in the form of a poem and an answer in the form of flash fiction.
a bond never broken
to whom we love
all a small token
to guide me
im not alone
to sing me a song
to thicken my back bone
and once they did sing
a song to me
a sweet little thing
to calm and free
Lying in bed
Thinking of my ex
Contemplate texting my ex
Finger hovered over send button
Cold breath on my ear
A voice whispers “No”
I jolt up in bed
Thank you, friendly ghost?
The inspiration for this piece came from the idea of creating a collection of retrospective poetry in the form of riddles and answers, with poems written by MJ through ages 13 through 16. As a current 17-year-old, MJ is writing flash fiction pieces to accompany her old poems. This has been an exercise in looking back and reflecting on emotions and life decisions that seemed so right at the time, but actually were… immature, to say the least. With a sense of humor and a bit of trolling, Jaanelle and MJ are in the process of putting a book of poetry together. This is a sneak peek at one of the pieces.
MJ's writing style is rhythmic and riddle-like. She has worked on poetry, flash fiction, and short stories. In her free time, she enjoys dancing, singing, playing the piano, watching anime, and taking naps. Outside of work and school, you can also find her listening to unhealthy loads of music to the point where her AirPods need a break. She aspires to be a dancer and surgeon. MJ's author photo was created by Nudekay (@nudekayy).
Jaanelle Yee is an award-winning screenwriter, film director, and podcast producer. Born and raised in Miami, she’s just like her hometown—full of sunshine and doomed to drown. You can find her by following the laughter echoing down dark hallways... or by following @JaanelleYee on Twitter and Instagram. Jaanelle’s author photo was created by Nudekay (@nudekayy).
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