Category: Poetry

Lucent Dreaming 2021 Poetry and Short Story Competition Winners Announced!

We are delighted to announce the winners of Lucent Dreaming’s 2021 Poetry and Short Story contests. The winning poems and short stories will appear below, and in our upcoming 10th issue. We would like to thank everyone who entered this year’s poetry and short story categories. We had a very difficult job narrowing down our top pieces in both categories.

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Sleeping Bag by by Agnieszka Filipek (Lucent Dreaming Issue 9)

I yawn and my eyesslowly kill the lightlike a doll I shut down this body is likea sleeping bagone size fits all when it falls asleepI wander for hoursin a different world sometimes a dogis chasing mebut mostly I fall with my legscaught in somethingand then I’m down stretching myselfto fit insideagain Buy issue 9 today. Lucent Dreaming is an

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No Need to Worry by Justine Gardner (Lucent Dreaming Issue 9)

There has been a heatwave for days. The dog lies with its nosein the air conditioner’s face.The blinds are shut against the blazefingering the windowpanes. But no need to worry,we’ll be fine, as long asthe power stays on,and the groceries are delivered. (Although, the site is now a spinning ball, and I don’t have a number to call.) The water

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‘You think too much’ by Neha Maqsood (Lucent Dreaming Issue 9)

Amidst the black granite laden with salvers of boiled white rice, spiced okra, and seasoned mint chutney, he reiterates, “Right, Neha? Right?”and for the third time this week, I withhold the acid and concur, “Yes, daddy. I heard you the first time.” A glower simmers at the back of my throat as my mother shoots me a hardened look, “He’s

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Now I am human by Rosie Garland (Lucent Dreaming Issue 9)

Abandoned as a child, Marcos Rodríguez Pantoja survivedalone in the mountains of Southern Spain for 15 years They trap voices in a box. In the beginning,I smash one to release the singing.Where are the small people?They laugh, but that is not an answer. They show a silver glassfrom which a stranger’s face stares back.Laugh more when I say: Who? I

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Cyclops by Jasmine Hope Hemmings (Lucent Dreaming Issue 9)

One of my eyes is very near-sighted.On days when I am numb,I have considered popping it outand boiling it. I could remove it, straight from the boilingWater, with my own fingers.As my own flesh, what harm could it do? I would take off the now prawn-like tail,and peel it like a tangerine. The jelly inside would melt in my mouth,and

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Holy Pool by Creana Bosac (Lucent Dreaming Issue 9)

A tang of magic lingersstill around this deep, clear poolcleft into sea cave’s base-rock,for those who seek its power. Dry grasses sway far aboveon sandy summer headland,clinging to crumbling cliff’s edgewhere crickets sing, unaware. The traveller feels the breathof white horses, ruffled througha tangle of mermaid’s hairseaweed, washed up on the shore. Street-smart, he knows the secretsof water, how nature’s

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Pond Life by Jean Gillespie (Lucent Dreaming Issue 9)

A bodybelly-upfloats –pale yellow slickgilt edged againstblack waters limbs bobfan out unfolda birthday suitstretched naked somewherebetweensadnessand disgust unsprungit ticklesedges ofbeforeand after a waveof windcurlsdreamingignores it rufflespastan infinityof hedgesthe slimy thingtoo silly to botherwith itslack of elegancean ironic princeto your pirouettes Buy issue 9 today. Lucent Dreaming is an independent creative writing magazine publishing beautiful, imaginative and surreal short stories, poetry

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Shards of Memories by Rahma O. Jimoh (Lucent Dreaming Issue 9)

mother’s albumdrove me to the past:running on the Rukuba hills,sweet potatoes & fresh fruits,click-clacks of pots & tasty steam,shopping at the Terminus market inbetween the stalls of noisy traders &the sculpture of a woman with breastsdangling sideways & a child strappedon her back, faded always into space.i hoped to touch her but we left in thebloodbath of pines & tomatoes

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Sunburn Affairs by Imogen L. Smiley (Lucent Dreaming Issue 9)

Dearest,Our meetings may be fleeting,But each moment’s worth the pain.No amount of aloe soothesThe marks your nails left on my skinUntil tomorrow:Yours, always,Icarus Buy issue 9 today. Lucent Dreaming is an independent creative writing magazine publishing beautiful, imaginative and surreal short stories, poetry and artwork from emerging authors and artists worldwide. Subscribe to Lucent Dreaming now, support us on Patreon and follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. 

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