Retreat - Cedar Valley

Salvation

We are at the bottom of a concrete stairwell, Wayne and I. Wayne is prone, limbs askew in a convincingly painful configuration. Story is, he took a fall while rushing around in the dark, on our new location, where we're filming under pressure and over budget. Story...

The Undertaker’s Daughter

We’re just guts and knuckles, father says, ice and dust. We die like abandoned diamond mines. I roll my eyes. I don’t buy that bluster. He’s trying to believe they don’t matter. All these bodies in the refrigerated night, the haunted songs of loss. I’m revising the...

Down the Well

The last time I saw a sunset, it was summer. Probably July. Possibly August. I remember the way the amber beams stroked the grass. Peaceful, serene. And then I was tumbling end over end down the well into darkness. For the first few hours, all I could think about was...

Candy Loving

Candy Loving We were trailer park kids who stole things. Middling shit. Squirt guns. Bazooka Joe. Saltwater taffy. Licorice. Playboy magazine. Gordie was always sore. His dad tooled belts. Used them on Gordie. Buckle end to the back and shoulders. My dad was still...

Found Door

That streetcar clank rattles the baker´s shop window. Cream is split, no one cries anymore. That rising yeast misconstrued as progress is faithless, turns sweet dollops dry, bitter. Knead dough not for praise nor reward. The apprentice matured into journey agent,...

OCD and Inevitable

Two separate, unrelated pieces. Enjoy.   OCD KEEP chipping at the pale pink polish until it is gone. KEEP tapping the green Bic on the metal keyboard. KEEP retying the fraying white shoelace. KEEP un-fraying the frayed shoe lace. KEEP pushing the one blond strand...

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