I could hear the waves crashing above me
as I dove into the deep, dark, sea.
I felt the coral so sharp,
as I saw my hand glazing over it.
There was silence everywhere,
yet at the same time, noise
sounded in all places.
On the third day, we took the shortest way
Climbed a mountain and I stayed
Found my wings, and dropped down
While I died, heard a sound
And the sound told me things
That had once pulled my strings
Then I saw my true self
elementia was created in 2005 by librarian Angel Tucker to give teens an opportunity to share their voices with the community. The first issue was made with the support of Eriko Akaike-Toste, a youth services volunteer, and Theo Elliot Goodloe, a teen volunteer who also created the theme and name for the magazine. For this issue, writers drew inspiration from the idea, “What is your darkside . . . what is inside?” This issue includes 18 pieces of poetry, fiction and nonfiction.