Salt and Pepper Shakers

All writers create with the express intent of sharing their work. Our goal is to have a relationship with an audience. The idea that someone, somewhere could feel a connection to our work is what keeps us up at night creating. Every writer needs an outlet. Why not let Lotusland be yours?

I will be selecting an original submission to publish in every issue. If you would like to see your work featured here, send a piece, any piece–poetry, essay, short story… anything goes–to The bonus? It’s as anonymous as you want it to be. So sit back, grab a coffee and a notebook, and get writing. I’ll start us off with a piece of my own.


Salt and Pepper Shakers

I wonder

how you are going to feel

when you find out

that I wrote this instead of you.


That it was I

who got up early,

sat in the kitchen,

and mentioned with a pen


the rain-soaked windows,

the ivy wallpaper,

and the goldfish circling its bowl.


Go ahead.

Turn aside.

Bite your lip.

Crumple the page.


But you can’t deny,

it was just a matter of time

before one of us happened to notice

the unlit candles,

before one of us realized

the clock staring down at us

held more interest

than the words on your lips.


Nothing happened.

There was

a song on the radio,

the blur of headlights

as cars drove by the window.


I was only thinking

about the salt and pepper shakers.


I wondered

had they become friends

after all these years

or if

like the children

they had copied us.



at this table with a bowl of pears


leaning in a doorway somewhere

soaking up the smell

of another woman’s blue hydrangeas,

reading this.



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