As the leading creative writing journal for UC Merced undergraduate students, The Vernal Pool provides an edited expressive space for the student body to publish original work and an open, accessible venue for audiences to read, appreciate, celebrate and respond. Current issues can now be found at: https://thevernalpool.ucmerced.edu.
Volume 5, Issue 1, 2018
The Vernal Pool
Sometime in the early morning, Sebastian wakes up a little disoriented.
Upon reflection, I think I finally noticed it when I bit my tongue about three months ago.
Last night, Mama told me she’ll bring me to a nice place.
He stepped over branch after branch on his way down the road, wincing at the light that stung his eyes.
“It’s so nice to meet you finally!” The words muddled out of my mouth, while I stood at the foot of his white gates.
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT NORTHWESTERN DISTRICT OF OREGON
Judge Roy Snyder Presiding
It’s the fourth time around.
Dawn rose from beneath a stagnant horizon.
Have I lost my muse...
Up at night flooded with worry and nausea,
thinking something dreadful is about to happen—
There is no word to describe the loneliness of a child...
i remember a book from my childhood
where a boy compared
love to lemons...
I am back to where I began
With no control over my game plan.
I never met Peter, so I don’t know too much about him.
20mg – I’ve been told that when taking lurasidone, the recommended dose range is 20mg to 120mg per day.
What is osteology?
I loved a darling puppy once,
He’d always tag along.
Never shall I forget
the deep sorrows of those inside my house.
Black Girl Black Girl
Why do you look so sad...
It would be nice to be held by you...
Did you know
that you’re a millennial whose phone
is sticking out of your back pocket?
When I realized that I could not trust you...
I am not a California peach--
So please, don't put your labels on me!
Looks don't matter in the
scheme of things...
Bark-like and towering—but no tree,
a grotesque metal parody of
The American Dream is a unicorn,
shimmering and shining
and just as make-believe.
My father— he was a redwood.
He was closer to the sun.
1... 2 ...
Much like my hair, there has been damage in my life.
She was a girl with a broad white smile.
Death by blue, and insanity will bloom...
The cherry blossom is symbolic for growth and the beauty of life. People admire the beauty of these flowers because they only bloom during a certain period. For myself, this piece represents a period of growth in my life. I also think it's a reminder to appreciate the little things in life.
Picture of bees and flowers
Man playing the guitar.
Close up portrait with left source natural lighting.
Self Portrait inspired by a picture from an Acapulco Mexico vacation with my family.
One piece of a three piece, inspired by Santanas performance at the 1969 Woodstock music festival. Also inspired by a scence from the movie: The Breakfast Club.