She runs through forests trying not to get cut down
and cities trying not to suffocate
butterflies the oceans, dodging oil spills
paddles through the skies of toxic waste.
Then what a great relief to me
when I read your poetry
and saw she had found somewhere to hide.
And oh, I can see beauty is still surviving in this world.

She knows that she will tarnish in the info-light
bleach out underneath the corporate sheen
fade out in the how to be a millionaire
smudge out in the gloss of magazine
So what a much needed surprise, when I looked in your kind eyes
And saw she had found somewhere to shine
And oh, I can see beauty is still surviving in this world.

~ Anne Loree

Anne Loree is a Juno award winning songwriter and pioneer of the Calgary original music scene. She wrote the hit song “Insensitive”, recorded by Jann Arden, and has recently been pursuing watercolour art, tennis and music engineering. Listen to Anne’s music at

Sacred Dance #4


~ Justice Blaine

of Calgary. Throughout her career, she has worked on a wide variety of projects, ranging from pre-production animation to design & illustration of children’s books. She is the co-editor and illustrator of the Urban Green Man anthology (EDGE Publishing), and her cover illustration for Neo-opsis Magazine issue #20 was nominated for an Aurora Award. She currently works as the Production Manager at EDGE Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishing. Her portfolio may be viewed at

Away From Crowd

Talking palely, careful of life
away from crowd, that is the way.
You may say it’s not the best
but crowd is delicate.
Crowd is where people fall,
crowd creates a rigid path
leading to drugs, alcohol and abuse.
Crowd is not where you want to be.
Away from crowd leads you to

Do you stride through life and wonder
what is my purpose?
To be profitable, and spend foolishly,
or go astray, and be unruly?
In the beginning Man was made
to inhabit the Earth, and prosper.
What’s your purpose in life?

Like a highway, it goes on
for what seems a lifetime?
Destination depends on which turns you take.
You ride according to your skills and traits.
Be careful, beware of the roads
for the smooth, clear path
leads to your destination.
The rigid and narrow path
brings you to a

To lead by example is the true treasure,
The secret is in one simple measure.
I learned you lead best,
when you get off your butt and help the rest.
It’s as simple as cleaning up after yourself,
or completing tasks at hand.
It is a role model to the generation
who will repeat the same,
creating a well functioning

~ Justice Adedeji

Justice Adedeji I am a Grade 8 student at Bearspaw Christian School. I was born in North York General Hospital, in Toronto, Ontario to Nigerian parents who migrated to Canada many years ago. I am the second child of six children in my family of three boys and three girls. I love and play soccer, volleyball, basketball, ice skating, karate, swimming and in school choir/instruments such as handbell, recorder, trombone and so on.

Langevin Bridge

Kelsey Hipkin LangevinBridge_1

~ Kelsey Hipkin

Kelsey Hipkin is a journalist and photographer working in Calgary. Kelsey will be taking her love of writing and photography across the world for the Humanity Unscripted project in September 2013, in which she’ll join three of her closest friends telling the stories of people they chance upon in India and Southeast Asia. In her spare time Kelsey enjoys films and the occasional pint at the Ship & Anchor.


Tracy Le youth entry

~ Tracy Le

Tracy Le I like to draw. I am 11 years old and in Grade 7. I like being creative and coming up with ideas. I like the colour pink. I really like cookies and cakes.