Craft

The Anatomy of Stalk

I’m trying not to use trauma as currency. How many duty-free purchases have proved shitty gifts? When I stood by your casket and saw the make-up, I wanted to strangle the artist. Kaufman & Sons, the undertakers who we’d known all our lives, played football with,...

Ghostwriter

Steven had just finished the installation of ant traps around the house when his wife Sylvia returned from running errands. “Why do you hate ants so much, Steven? They’re basically harmless.” “It’s unsanitary,” he replied, “They form parasitic piles on discarded...

London, 16 October 1987

  Later, I learn I slept through a hurricane.   An angry arm swept across the city like a scythe and with a bellow, uprooted ancient, beloved trees. Their roots, dirty braids, weren’t meant to see light, and shrank from the smell of the wet air and the...

Temblor- Prompt 2

Temblor   Mornings were hectic with a preschooler and a second grader, one a girl, the other a boy, both insisting that they don’t need a shower, they don’t want oatmeal, and they will not put on their uniforms. The father is in New York on a business trip. He’s...

Beckman day #2 part #2 The Cabin

Beckman Part #2    The Cabin   “There’s no place to stay for over thirty miles. I have a cabin down the next driveway. You can stay with me and we can catch up and you can leave in the morning.” Every hair on my arms told me no, but curiosity and fatigue from...

Sap

Sap   Rosin: a gem, a jewel, a talisman, a cylinder of translucent gold wrapped in velvet, the perfect size to pocket, to palm, but really it’s sap, it’s just sap. Without it, there’s no sound, a bow flailing uselessly over strings. With it, there’s friction,...

Sap

Sap   Rosin: a gem, a jewel, a talisman, a cylinder of translucent gold wrapped in velvet, the perfect size to pocket, to palm, but really it’s sap, it’s just sap. Without it, there’s no sound, a bow flailing uselessly over strings. With it, there’s friction,...

Pilgrim – Day 2 prompt edited

Pilgrim Small TV with antennae. Saturday morning cartoons. Cowboys and Indians. Roy Rogers. Gene Autry. Black and white. Shorts and a halter tops. Annie Oakley hat. Cheerios with spoons full of sugar. No more snoring in bedroom, but not quiet either. Door stays...

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