Jealous Skies
Devanga Amanthie Sahabandu Witharanage

The wind whistled as the ocean mingled with the champagne sand glistening beneath a lucid sky awaiting its daily goodbye. Beyond the horizon shone a gallant sun. Blushed were the skies by its brilliant scarlet hue as they eagerly watched its proud descend from the heavens to the earth.  A passing cloud caught its flame; a shade of saffron emerged. Gently setting alight its fellow passer-by’s, shades of tangerine meld with apricot traced the horizon. A deep amaranth celebrated the shy hues of rose, lace, and coral. Delicate yet eager, in their joyous manner, prodigal with warmth, they enveloped the last of the fading light.

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New Lessons Learnt
Christina Yin

Mother swings herself up and balances on the branch. Tucking in the leaves securely, she pats the nest, pressing it into shape. I clutch her tightly, feeling the warmth of her belly and the steady beat of her heart, her calm even breathing against my cheek.
I look up at the stars winking between the branches and leaves when suddenly a loud bang bursts through the night and Mother is falling. I fall with her, still holding her tight.
The rainforest has been my home for six months. We travel through the forest every day. Mother grasps a branch above and gently swings us both to the next branch. She doesn’t seem to move very quickly, but she sways from branch to branch without pausing.

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The Blood of Cinderella

Once upon a time, when ‘Cinderella’ joined the Royal household, the impetus to marriage was not romance, sex, or care. It was the purity of Royal blood, a continuation of a certain species, the succession of the kingdom. Thus, monarchical power protected itself from the dirt of foreign breeds through a classist discourse of kinship, virtue, and aesthetics.
Students have been interested in identifying and critiquing a power in the Brothers Grimm’s ‘Cinderella’, 1812, but they have a theoretical conflict in terms of the nature of this power. Beside basic didactic reading of the tale, dominant is ‘gender’ in this debate. As Panttaja (1993: 86) summarises, many “feminist and neo-Marxist critics have tended to view the tales as either patriarchal or bourgeois propaganda, as a socializing tool designed to create good little (modern) boys and girls.”

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The God and the Devil Discourse
Nisa Lee

 I’ve flirted with the rain before,

He teased my sun-kissed skin,

Then dared me to embrace the storm.

But you,

Are my first,

And purest form of love.


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