Creative Nonfiction

Apologies

Apologies

By Jackie Leavitt Right now my brain feels like putty after its been rolled around, squished by a five year old’s dirty booger hands Haven’t really had a good sleep in a few days because of the dogs.   Poem formatting by Maggie Slepian thetrek.co/author/maggie-slepian   […]

Zebras Dance Jubilantly

Zebras Dance Jubilantly

By Jackie Leavitt The rain drums on our roof from an unexpected storm. Everything outside is gray: the sky, the ocean, the bushes and trees. Even the invisible wind. Sadness lurks behind me, an unwelcome guest for the past two days. I’d hoped today would […]

500 Miles at Sea

500 Miles at Sea

By Jackie Leavitt Even 500 miles away from any sign of land, it’s difficult to shake the feeling that you’re not truly at sea. You look in front of you — at the bow of the sailboat cutting slowly through the blue, rippled salt water […]

A California Sunday

A California Sunday

By Jackie Leavitt The train rocked gently, side to side, as it rolled north through the California suburbs. A gloom, a greyness, lingered over everything: the faded vinyl-covered houses, the hills parched from drought, the run-down corner stores yet to open, the flattened sky devoid […]

The Point

The Point

By Jackie Leavitt I put the water bottle down on the sidewalk cement, illuminated in the fading gold light of the sun as it sinks closer to its set. The thermos does not contain water, but red wine bought the night before at a 7-Eleven […]

Light Oasis

Light Oasis

By Jackie Leavitt The blackness is complete. The sailboat rocks back and forth, the breeze pushing us along from behind, and the vessel feels like an island in outer space. We sail through a void. I can’t tell where the inky ocean meets the black […]

I Believe in Fairies

I Believe in Fairies

By Jackie Leavitt How do you describe the indescribable? What’s the point, really? You know before you start that you will fail. And yet we still endeavor. We try to relate this wild, exquisite thing to other more common, relatable topics. Perhaps, we think, if […]

Why Don’t You Love Me?

Why Don’t You Love Me?

By Jackie Leavitt Solar deity, Why do you not turn your benevolent face upon mine, But rather prefer to scorch my skin, White in surrender, Now turned scarlet under your fury? Like King Midas, Your light touch turns Other glistening bodies golden, But mine, you […]

A Sailor’s Insignificance

A Sailor’s Insignificance

By Jackie Leavitt Out on the deck, you can see the lumbering rollers gather their mass, swell up and ooze toward you, then under you, lifting the sailboat up in a side-to-side rock. If you were on a beach, you would be sure that they […]

The Mind’s Champagne

The Mind’s Champagne

By Jackie Leavitt I remember the first time I owned a thesaurus. It was such a luxurious treat to have my own big book of words. I opened the tome and dived nose-first into the wondrous web of synonyms, antonyms and terms that I had […]