January 2022 Writing

With A Signature

This is my first CNF piece. It's about a different kind of going home.   With A Signature   A yellow bird symbolizes happiness, positivity, playfulness, and hope. My grandfather died canary yellow. The whites of his eyes—yellow. His fingernails,...

Victory is Plural

I am gazing out my window to the street that passes my house. A white hearse has just passed, and car after car after car are following, each with a little orange flag with a black cross flying from the passenger window. It has been six months since that might have...

I remember Mandan, N.D./There, Not There

I Remember Mandan, N.D.   I remember puka shells and gay jokes platform shoes and choke holds three broke bones my first week me the new kid the girls liked and the boys tortured endlessly scarecrow tied to a tetherball pole fists and knuckles knuckles and fists...

The Young Carlos Gomes Speaks

I am walking to the bus station.  After midnight. Spring in Bahia is really about as warm as most of the rest of the year. I wander Rua Carlos Gomes, narrow, wet, fragrant but emptier than this street full of shoppers and tourists in the daytime. My night was okay. ...

Lovettes (an aubade)

Lovettes (an aubade)   This is not a love song. This is an exorcism.   I’m at my desk, avoiding bills, Native Land Rights and Treaties homework and phone calls from friends who want me to go out, feeling like a deflated mylar balloon three days post...

Our Kitchen

"Our Kitchen" Judy Bates   When I think of "Home", the first images that com up are of the kitchen in my childhood family home. I'm coming in the back door and see our yellow Formica-top table with chrome legs placed against the wall just inside the door. I...

In front of a park

In front of a park The street is quiet, there are a lot of trees, beautiful trees high and green. In the summer the street almost looks like a forest except that  the greens are organized like a well trimmed hairstyle. There are flowers in front of almost every front...

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