“Entwined Moon” by Lauren Triola
I wanted to catch the moon. Wrap it in a string, wear it around my neck. I could drag the tides as I walked, guide my way with milky white, keep it on my desk at night and watch it wax and wane all for me. But then they told me no, I couldn’t catch the moon. Impossible, they said. Ridiculous. It’s not just a light in the sky, it’s a massive body of stone. It would crush me, the world, and my desk. So I stopped trying. I let it stay in the sky. But I kept the string.
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Lauren Triola’s Artist Statement: Lauren Triola grew up reading books and writing stories, then went on to college where she read more books and wrote more stories. She has worked jobs ranging from freelance writing and editing to database maintenance, and she is now pursuing a career as a librarian. Her fiction has been published in Silver Blade Magazine, 365 Tomorrows, and Every Day Fiction, and her poem “Insomnia” was selected as a runner up in the 2016 Haunted Waters Press Fiction & Poetry Open. Lauren lives in Fredericksburg, Virginia. You can find her on Twitter, @3FollowsSo, or at her blog, laurentriolawrites.wordpress.com.