Aims Review

Showcasing Aims' Creativity



Linger by Tony Park

  The moon whitened the tallest tree, as the north wind bathed it in a sweet chill, whispering, “Weave just a short time like the mortals do.”

Mr. Magpie by Tony Park

I certainly understand the exaltation of larks, but what about the pitched past pitched panegyric of magpies? Oh such a scurrilous chorus of well served scorn aimed at the world around them.   And I can tell you it’s not… Continue Reading →

“Tales of Young and Old” (2 grouped poems, individually titled “Days of Youth” and “Days of Age”) by Jared Merk

Days of Youth A boy at play, outside, limbs flailing as he glides through patches of sun and deepening shadows, an octave lower than last week. Yesterday even. As he plays he invents the world. It is his alone, time… Continue Reading →

Finally Free by Hannah Taskila

Earthly struggles are one of many The unknown fills the brain with worry. Ageing progresses like a growing tree, Leaves grow and fall wanting to be free Before it was known autumn was upon us and your leaves were falling…. Continue Reading →

Parenthood by Daniel Morgenegg

Dear Mom, Dear Dad, There’s something I should say. Living my life, feeling sad, Now its a brave new day.   Never understood, though now I do. You both did the best you could, and my life’s no longer blue…. Continue Reading →

Shart by Daniel Morgenegg

  I sharted myself today. Much to my dismay. It just happened. These kids in Montessori school. I tell you, they can be rather cruel. Sure, I made a little stool. Can’t I just catch a break? They should be… Continue Reading →

Ecstacy by Gil Ochoa

Ecstasy, I followed your daughter past the branch-wreathed places from the fairy tales. At a time of night, the birds stop singing, and at certain times everything else becomes silent. If the moon could hum, those nights, there would be… Continue Reading →

Insomnia by Gil Ochoa

  The late evening stillness changed the place into a mausoleum as sleep came to all else. And how I wanted you there with me. Abandoned, I walked down two halls of stone tile exhausted of their warmth and listened… Continue Reading →

Something that Decides by Gil Ochoa

Something that decides how long I wait while displacing my balance on folded knees, collapsed thighs, on my feet pacing and swaying with ancient muscle memories as the dancers at the other end of the hall move in and out… Continue Reading →

Frostbit by Cate Formica

The day you said divorce, Was the day you let it snow. Like a harsh, wet blanket of betrayal; The storm of the decade. I was buried in that blizzard Until I got up off the bathroom floor. The 2… Continue Reading →

Untitled by Elizabeth Ellis

The voices in my head Won’t shut up. They squawk and screech, An atrium in the zoo.   Sometimes they are few. Questioning acts to be made. Condemning those who are wrong. Like indignant dogs at fences.   Often the… Continue Reading →

Adventure by Tresa New

He lives and dies a thousand times while she sits and lives a thousand lives To each their own and to each they teach   A book, a pen, a screen can be your saving grace Go forth find your… Continue Reading →

Bolt by by Tresa New

Lighting strikes A flash then a crack Scary frightful invigorating …Cowering   Under covers darkness sought Bright light is no good Peer over to check if safe Soon hiding again   Longer pause this time Run! Run fast Don’t let… Continue Reading →

To Covet Thee by Scarlett Dougherty

It is unfair, to say the least, Like a gooey, green beast, A reminder to the have-nots.   A wish, a need A craving to see, My drawers overfilling with stuff.   A chill on my spine, Fur catches my… Continue Reading →

14 by Scarlett Dougherty

He came, brethren before lie still, Triumphant, a divine gift bestowed. Absolute in control, Sought glory in war.   Built on a house of glass.   Filled half in Bourbon and half in gold, A fortune wasted on treasures untold…. Continue Reading →

Sorry by Torrence Brown-Smith

My apologies for falling in love too soon your personality got me higher than balloons searchin’ for the heart of the moon but before I made contact I burst into various pieces that caused the shine to gloom I gotta’… Continue Reading →

The Climb by Torrence Brown-Smith

  Three mountains mimic the heavens patience a blanket of snow to keep them warm in the face of summers presence the slightest essence of pain can be swept away and substituted with a joyous present the calmest place lays… Continue Reading →

The Girl in the Window by Loren McAllister

It’s Sunday morning as I peer out my window into the morning sky. I sense that something is off as I see crowds of people pass me by.   A funeral is being held only miles away. In the distance… Continue Reading →

Friends Forever by Micheala Lucero

You are the perfect friend that I grew up with named after a Disney deer The only one I can talk to without you judging. Because let’s face it. You can’t talk. I am really going to miss you and… Continue Reading →

He Did Dream by Kali Rice

He did dream And dreams did descend Not plummet, not grate the mind nor turmoil lend Death quivered down near his soul to rest And dreams did descend Frail reservation his soul possessed With hope to recoil, the eyes digressed… Continue Reading →

Solace by Ashlie Hampson

  Waves arrive and then disappear. Peace ebbs and flows with the waves. Awe wraps comfort in beauty.     Ashlie Hampson is a happy wife of 22 years, a Super Mom, and a non-traditional freshman at Aims Community College… Continue Reading →

A Moment by Stephen Tillotson

Sunlight  streams through the branches. A Gurgling stream carries on. Flowing by, time goes on around us. Illuminated in the rays of the sun basking hand in hand, we hold close, as moment a drifts on. Caught outside the ever… Continue Reading →

Endless Fire by Hannah Taskila

Flames are hot on a cold winters night Crackling, sizzling, lighting the dark Trees sway with the brisk breeze Hawks spring up to take flight. Heart frozen in sadness, untouched by the flame Smoke soars in the starlit sky filling… Continue Reading →

Alone by Morgan Hawthorn

Drooping over, sad Across the white barren plains Standing was one tree     I am a preschool teacher who loves Netflix, hiking, and Disney World! Currently, I am working towards my bachelors degree in elementary education and my Colorado… Continue Reading →

Worry by Hannah Taskila

  Breath in, breath out, a never ending feeling Fills the mind, heart, lungs, every nerve ending. The constant pound of a beating heart fills the ears like a pounding wave. Drowning in a wave pool of never ending waves…. Continue Reading →

A Diamond by Alan Jaimes

A poem is like a diamond, Its true beauty lies in hard work, But when the work is done, it shines, Like a beacon of heaven, reigning upon The darkness of our sins like an angelic psalm. A poem is… Continue Reading →

Pillowtalk by Alan Jaimes

I love him He loved me Eyes painted by artists Body sculpted by Gods Definition of sexy Ruffling through his hair Smell of citrus from the shampoo Feelings of love Quickly engulfed me The human noise he made Brought a… Continue Reading →

The White Blanket by Alan Jaimes

A White Blanket At morning’s rise, windows are freshly painted with white powder Children’s imaginations drawn artistically in the fog Many rush down to enjoy the view with a warm cup made from love Opening the door is like entering… Continue Reading →

Art by Selena Cruz

Falling into slow steps side by side. Exploring a building filled with art work. Rain raced down the windows, creating A perfect day to stay stowed away. Making comments on the complexity Of the art work on the first floor…. Continue Reading →

Awaken by Selena Cruz

I walked a trail up in the forest. Looking for solitude within Gaia. To find an area that sparked interest. So I no longer felt like a pariah. Long and lean lively trees lined my way. Eventually morphing into Dense… Continue Reading →

Language is A God by Gustavo Reyes

  A being that hones its literacy, fluency, and wisdom An entity resembling a deity With tenacity to rule a kingdom Sitting comfortably like the statue of Lincoln. Knows not the existence of Atheism Its arrogance reveals its vast influence… Continue Reading →

Artists by Shannon Foster

  Artists may damage parts of themselves over time because the beauty they create for the world can only be made by minds brilliant and fragile hopeless and romantic they view life through a scope all their own from which… Continue Reading →

All but my Heart by Shannon Foster

  Rain beats in time with the rhythm of your hand upon my heart, drops of water silently tapping at the window while your fingers trace circles on my palms Peaceful and quiet, no one here but us, expecting nothing… Continue Reading →

The Ocean and the Moon by Shannon Foster

  The moon signals the tide to arrive upon the shore pulling sand and sea within and without ebbing and flowing and brimming with hope Stunning it is that the moon billions of miles away in space seemingly unaffected by… Continue Reading →

They Found a Home by Victoria Hughes

A bird is singing off in the distance As we sit atop a gorgeous and natural formation There’s a breeze… Not strong, but ripples form in the water   The bright sky that was once a plan and simple sapphire… Continue Reading →

Yellow by Morgan Hawthorn

  As it shines through my window, Yellow wakes me As bright as the midday sun, Yellow illuminates the clear skies As tasty as can be, Yellow lemonade over a glass of ice Yellow is joy   As it shines… Continue Reading →

A Silent Kind of Suffering by Julia Keedy

  You broke my heart when you said you needed space but I resigned myself to the fact that you were right, You did need to face this alone. My head has been spinning ever since, thinking of you. My… Continue Reading →

The Clock Strikes Midnight by Lauryn Waldo

Full of possibility Full of words we won’t say, A future that can never be, All because of history. When the clock is finished chiming, I promise I will go I just wanted you to know: I don’t regret anything…. Continue Reading →

Voyager II by Michael Romanowski

In the cosmic dark with the veil of stars a monument travels beyond our grasp. Carrying with it all our hopes and dreams. The epitome of technology.   Sent on a journey with no plan of return. On a mission… Continue Reading →

Compromise :: Chelle Costello

Read the subtext: I’d leave you for a horizon Bright enough, And the only reason I’m still here Is that you’d let me.   I think of the miracle That you understand me like a second language Surprising fluency in… Continue Reading →

Proposition :: Chelle Costello

  I have an idea: let’s every one of us Walk into a field- Thistleberry and old tires growing over each other, Rusted afterthoughts and migratory birds- And raise our hands to the sky To implore the great one to… Continue Reading →

The Sentinel :: Zachary Williams

The Sentinel stands atop his post He guards the valley low His sword aside in a scabbard of frost His helm and cloak are covered in snow   He guards the valley low His beard a forest of great green… Continue Reading →

Moon Howls :: Crysahna Suarez

  Upon the wake of evening sun A song is sung what  bliss is spread About the weary have we fun Are not we the ungrateful dead All howl above to twinkle’s day Shadows here are for you to hide… Continue Reading →

Martha Washington… :: Hannah Pratt

  …went a little crazy after George died. She burned their letters and moved to the attic. That can happen sometimes.   At the parent teacher conference, she started to black out. Fingers shaking, Morse Code on the desk, Feeling… Continue Reading →

Inbetween :: Samantha Scheid

  Go over the garden wall, my child Take your oil lantern and a warm blanket and nothing more. Cross the river and into the forest. Leaves of gold and crimson fall around you, your steps a-lit by only the… Continue Reading →

EXTENSIONS :: Hannah Pratt

    Written like secret cheats to tests on my desk Folded as if making paper hearts.   We’re always up to no good. No good landmarks. No good barbeque places in town. Living in the underbelly of being busy…. Continue Reading →

Cold Heaven :: Samantha Cooley   

       Clouds, Like a veil, With a sheer, shining edge, Covers the sky floor. Soaked in sunlight, The satin unfurls to the far reaches of my eyes breadth. Glittering sparkling, warmed by the light, the satin gracefully sits. What should… Continue Reading →

Gas Station Romance :: Julia Keedy

  From my quiet perch upon the wall I am witnessing a gas station romance. Young love that pulls up in a beat up van, coasting on fumes. She is round with the fruits of his labor, carrying a child… Continue Reading →

A Moment Where I Belong :: Audrey Nelson

The cold, it creeps down to the core. They twitch and tingle, my fingers, Imploring for one minute more, And the memory, it lingers.   Like ice and warmth, it smears the sky. Spice skims the frozen breath—it stirs, From… Continue Reading →

Shhh :: Hannah Pratt

Sing in the dungeons and dirty yellow streets; hallelujahs for the dead beat Scatter the orange juice like the catatonic turtle of The Grapes of Wrath Sink the coffee pot, empty today, but tomorrow there should be more Slip into… Continue Reading →

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