Offcourse Literary Journal
ISSN 1556-4975 

Three Poems by Tess Almendarez-Lojacono.


A Dream


I dreamed of you again last night.
Something had happened and this was after--
A play, a graduation--something.
You were standing about with the others
Scraping the toe of your shoe against the sidewalk,
Laughing softly, smiling.
I ran up and hugged your neck,
Your dear Old Spiced white collared neck.
Your arms went round me.
I breathed in your strength;
A cushion of comfort around my heart
That stayed with me
Long after my eyes opened.



The Morning After


I said, "You look awful!"

"It was awful," she replied.

"He wouldn't shut up."

I laughed. "He had some nerve."

She said, "I know —

Technically, he wasn't even there."




Catching the bouquet
Never works.

The larger wishbone
is no guarantee.

A rabbit's foot
Is just the part that's missing from the rabbit.

The first star wish
Is always made in secret.

And my apple peel
Did not stop at your initial.



Tess Almendarez Lojacono is a writer, business owner and a teacher. Her company, Fine Art Miracles, seeks to bring attention to the underserved through fine art education and to embrace humanity in the elucidation of common experiences and emotions. She has a BFA from Carnegie Mellon University.  International Family Magazine has named her Editor of its Latin Families Column, where you can find her stories, along with the work of other Latin writers. Tess' work has appeared in OffCourse, in The Cortland Review, Flash Fiction Online, St. Maria's Messenger, Falling Star Magazine and Etchings MagazineEnvoy Magazine has just accepted one of her stories and The Shine Journal will feature her work in their Dec. 09 issue.  Two of her stories won awards in The Writer's Digest's 77th Annual Writing Competition.



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