“taken to private areas & harmed” By Jason Emde

thwarted by typhoons & no ferryto Aka Island till maybe tomorrowwe rent a car & driveto the Former JapaneseNavy UndergroundHeadquarters — Okinawa meansrope over the sea — hacked deep in the hill in ’44 by soldierswith pickaxes & hoes & ropebaskets for haulingthe dirt to the surface,450 meters & notoilets & now here comes the Typhoon of …

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“Empire of Mud” By James Roderick Burns

I, GIMPY, EMPEROR of the Mudflats, declare that henceforth this place—formerly known as the General Register Office, Edinburgh, and within the avian community, as home to the crazy bird lady and her seeds—belongs entirely to me! I hereby extend my empire up from the Forth and all its cowering estuary creatures, along the spine of …

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“The War Rages On” By Brittanie Maccarone

The war rages on. The moon and stars are obscured by the Thick, black smoke. A rancid, gray haze, Like a cloak covering the forest floor. The riverbed is full of nature’s inhabitants, The river itself, rushing with the violence of the moment, Presenting a second, powerful danger. They are trapped, shaking, and terrified. The …

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