After Y. Murakami

A Clarifying Moment, Alyssa Noel


Calm and serene

The sound of a cicada

Penetrates the rock.


Don’t matter how calm.

A cicada’s mere sound could

Defeat Dwayne Johnson.

Omar Dirie · George Mason University

Omar Dirie is a Somali-American writer from Washington, DC. He graduated from George Mason University in 2020, earning degrees in both English and Information Technology. When he’s not coming up with puns or building apps, you can find him spending time with his loved ones. To find out how he’s changing the world, feel free to visit This piece first appeared in Volition. 

About the Artist

Alyssa Noel · Washington University

Alyssa Noel is a Dual Degree student at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri where she is pursuing her Bachelors in Biomedical Engineering and Masters in Engineering Management. Before transferring to WashU, she was a Mathematics major at St. Edward’s University in Austin, Texas where she developed a love for the beauty in simplicity. This piece first appeared in Sorin Oak Review.

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