Cover Photo: A close-up photograph of a squirrel as it jumps from a tree branch
Photograph by Andrey Svistunov/Unsplash

When the Squirrels Are Over

Squirrels are violent maters. I thought about that as metaphor, but I’ve already written that kind of essay, that story.

This should mean something

Wow, that is goth

Stop making noise like that


I bet it was there.

I can’t take this anymore

This has got to have meaning to it.

T Kira Mahealani Madden is a Chinese, Kānaka Maoli writer, photographer, and amateur magician living in Charleston, SC. Her debut memoir, LONG LIVE THE TRIBE OF FATHERLESS GIRLS, was a New York Times Editors' Choice selection, a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle John Leonard Prize, a finalist for the LAMBDA Literary Award for lesbian memoir, and is now in development as a feature film. Winner of the 2021 Judith A. Markowitz Award, there is no period in her name.