Merry Sismas

A very, merry, sister's Christmas for you..



Once there was a beautiful young girl named Emma with a wonderful smile hidden deep inside her soul.

Once there was a beautiful young girl named Emma with a wonderful smile hidden deep inside her soul. She kept it hidden because this fair maiden lived in a time where smiles were frowned upon. Actually, it was a time where any show of joy, happiness, or beauty we're seen as a slight towards those with only hate in their hearts. A time where the rulers of the land see a beautiful blue sky as unnecessary and a beautiful young girl as ugly. Up is down and 2 plus 2 now equaled 5 or whatever the overlords demanded. 11 is a very difficult time for a young girl, that's for sure.


What to think, she thought. What to say, she said. What to feel, she felt. Yes, our sad maiden was sad for sure. She knew there was no point in complaining...

What to think, she thought. What to say, she said. What to feel, she felt. Yes, our sad maiden was sad for sure. She knew there was no point in complaining because complainers were always met with harsh consequences. Say the wrong thing, show a tiny sliver of happiness, like what you have…could all warrant cancellation. Even having a pet was seen as the privilege of oppressors — all seen as just a waste of time not helping the state push its programs of liberation forward. It all seems so unfair to put such a burden on the tiny shoulders of an old soul such as 11-year-old Emma. And just like Tiny Tim's limp, in the book A Christmas Carol, our maiden knows she has no choice but to bear the burden and suck it up — a lot for an 11-year-old.








But fear not, happy-readers, there is a high point to this tale. For it seems our dear Emma has a knight in shiny armor, her big sister Lainey. Away at college for the last three years, much has changed for all, but one thing never changes at all—a sister's love. Lainey traveled hundreds of miles to spend Christmas break to be with her little sister. But let's call it semester break so this story is not banned from the social media of the land. Yes, even the happy, ever positive 573 Magazine has had their presses stopped, and their happiness dashed from time to time on FB - go figure.) Nothing would stop Lainey from seeing her sister. Sisters are like that. They will be together for the holidays no matter the plague, high water, volcanos, or scabies…nothing would stop her from getting home.





They met in the forest, and the forest lit up with joy. The deers looked on with joy. Even the squirrels woke up from their winter slumber to celebrate. It was like a wild party but without the booze, loud music, or any of the wild party stuff—just good, clean joy.




So have yourself a very Merry Christmas or whatever, and a delicious Happy New Year from all of us at 573 Magazine. GET OUT THERE!


pics and words t. smugala