Bad Guys by Megan Waring

sad emotions kneeling sitting depressed
Photo courtesy of Natalie Chyi

No black hoodie and sunglasses.
No lurking shadow.
No dark alley.
No knife in the back.
No middle of the night.
No in the closet.
No under the bed.
No Witch of the West.
No witch in the forest.
No forest.
No America’s Most Wanted.
No horns.
No hoofs.
No howls.
Cross legged little girl.
Kitchen floor of my heart.
Whispering
“No.”

 

 

 

 

Megan Waring graduated from Virginia Tech with her BA in English with an emphasis in Creative Writing. Since then she has lived in China, North Carolina, Virginia, and currently, California. She often teaches children but more often finds them teaching her. Her work has been published in The Silhouette, The Legendary, Germ Magazine, Aegir, and is forthcoming in the Used Furniture Review. She was the 2010 recipient of the Virginia Tech Literary Award. She blogs occasionally at mmwaring.tumblr.com.

 

Natalie Chyi is an 18-year-old from Hong Kong who has recently moved to London, where she will be studying law for the next three years. She started photography to capture moments and pretty things/people/light/scenes as she sees them, and that idea is what continues to fuel all of her work. Find more of her work on nataliechyi.com, Facebook, or Tumblr.

Megan Waring
Megan Waring graduated from Virginia Tech with her BA in English with an emphasis in Creative Writing. Since then she has lived in China, North Carolina, Virginia, and currently, California. She often teaches children but more often finds them teaching her. Her work has been published in The Silhouette, The Legendary, Germ Magazine, Aegir, and is forthcoming in the Used Furniture Review. She was the 2010 recipient of the Virginia Tech Literary Award. She blogs occasionally at mmwaring.tumblr.com.

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