We Will See You in the New Year

Thank you for reading On the Verge this year! This site is about to undergo a makeover. Check back on the first for updated submissions information, an announcement about the (De)Caffeinated Confessions writing competition, and to see our new look. Happy holidays to anyone celebrating! OTV is off to wardrobe.   Advertisements

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All I Want for Christmas is Who

The introduction of Clara may have left me hopeful, but every episode after that left me unsatisfied. I felt like Romeo and Juliet locked in their teenage, hormone-fueled, forbidden romance as they held onto and lost each other at the same damn time. But I kept watching.

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I Don’t Like Christmas…

I don’t like Christmas… All that noise, bizzing-bonging battery toys, Wake-up calls from buzzing boys Cards written in a huff, laying on the stress and fuss (The house has had its annual dust) Last minute packers, jokes in crackers, Beneath the mistletoe, cheeky smackers   I don’t like Christmas… Going on a spending spree, all […]

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Whisper Down the Wind

Written by Ellen Denton Simon was standing in the distance against a bank of black clouds. His translucent motorcycle, held upright by a handlebar and lit by an intrinsic light of its own, shimmered against the dark background. His lips were moving in speech, but the freezing storm sweeping between them carried his words away. She […]

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I Don’t Want to Adult This Weekend

When did I stop looking forward to the weekend spirals on a napkin drink hot coffee saltwater scalds the heart the word no for all the good it’s done me little I’ve hit eject too often the spring no longer coils risks are weighed against gold and threads from my blanket security uniformity schedules broken promises I […]

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Hobbit

Originally posted on Idle blogs of an idle fellow :
We are all complicit. You don’t make $250 million films without a script if you lack confidence in people watching it. There’s not been such a waste of money since the North Korean space project. But at least that played for laughs. The Hobbit: The Battle…

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I Don’t Have The Words

TV on, son in lap We stumble on the news. Baghdad, Beirut, Paris He asks me “What’s the truth?” I look at him and blink. How naïve and wise the child Born free and chained; Leashed out to the wild He’s too small for my cynic’s shirt But he’s a growing lad. Taking on the bull and […]

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Stand United or Fall Divided

Originally posted on Open Thought Vortex:
? While some of us united this weekend, many divided. Online, we came together or fell apart as the news hit. Beirut, Paris and on and on. I watched as pictures of children & memes went up on my news feeds. Children, not old enough to know better or…

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Oh, Party Mom! Didn’t You Learn Anything The Last Time?

  It feels pretty ridiculous having to do this again. Putting this out there for the world to see? I guess the only way you will hear me is if other people can hear me. You like drama. I’m still trying to be a no drama mama, but I can’t achieve less drama until you […]

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Content Warning*

CONTENT WARNING* Content warning: I write about difficult shit Like racism and homophobia and misogyny and ableism and chronic illness and sexual assault and abuse and childbirth and miscarriages Content warning: I’m going to use words like Gentrification and colonization and appropropriation and systemic disenfranchisement I don’t apologize for you feeling guilty and realizing you’ve […]

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