Newly widowed, she went out to a former neighbor’s home. Not so newly widowed he met her at the door with champagne. Uh oh, she thought, thought she, sat by the fire and raised her glass, reeled off a set of rules newly devised to make her feel safe. He smiled in that sweet way […]
a thought can linger on and on seems to have no end and if you think, “Alas be gone!” she will appear again a thought can sometimes wonder seems for endless years and when you finally leave a thought she only disappears!
Little girls race in hide & seek behind the house near a spreading oak, voices shrill as birds under green leaves. The landlord in the back seat of his car parked beside strawberries opens the door, crooks a finger of his left hand, holds right digit to lips, commands silence. One child obeys. Clambers with […]
The pyre is built. A nest of twigs, brittle A covenant null. Valley of dry bones No four winds to quicken them. Her henna-dyed feet prance toward the pyre. She sheds, layer by layer, the dead flesh , former conversations silenced. Cycles of five hundred days meant to cut off life are the circumcised. She […]
As in mother nature
so in you.
There is day
there is night.
a walk in the park he held my youth within his palms as the green stars lit the quiet night, and the gentle blades of grass embraced my innocent. i grew and the new world tickled my ripened soul with his secret love, erasing feelings of sinful guilt as my bed of grass touched the […]
As soon as I opened my eyes this morning, I knew it wasn’t going to be a productive day. It was raining heavily and didn’t seem inclined to let up any time soon. At one time, gloomy days depressed me and I’d sleep most of the day, but with a little help, I adopted a […]
She strikes only when the darkness needs to be prevailing.
She is the chosen one,
The blood of the lion flows through her veins.
Give me an hour and a half, I’ll look like Barbie Paint my fake face on; makeup is artistry Lavish blonde locks, alluring plumped lips Surgeon’s scalpel stomach, Double D tits Perfection, glamour, money, thrills Leads little girls to razors, bullets, brutes, pills To what shriller heights will my scream have to reach To be […]
Continued from Part I The house was brimming, forcing people, some I’d never seen before, into the backyard. Despite the humidity due to the impending rain, it was still cooler outside. As we joined people in the yard, Raleigh proudly pointed out three cars with out-of-state tags parked on the lawn, as well as the […]
My mother has always had a green thumb, and growing up as a city girl, I felt some anxiety about not being able to have this connection and wisdom with the earth that she had. My mom grew up in a rural village in Afghanistan, so this was part of her lifestyle, growing and harvesting […]
“No point having that party now,” I said, mixing the cake batter, my hair spilling over my eyes. Before Officer Bish arrived I told Raleigh I’d been planning to show off my presents to the guests but now, with nothing special to display, I was certain they would focus on the living room wall that […]
5 Tips for Managing Creative Overwhelm Being an “idea person” sounds so good on paper. I mean, what could be bad about being flooded with inspiring thoughts and always being one mind map away from a creative solution or invention? But if you are an idea person, you know the challenges, the biggest one likely […]
Benny Herman’s sense of timing was as bad as his bugling. A scant month before the 1956 Thistle Way Summer Show, Benny decided to take up the bugle. Benny was that rare thing on Thistle Way, an only child, and his parents regarded his every passing whimsy as a solemn imperative. A shiny new bugle […]
The simplest yet most profound piece of advice I have received so far has been “do nothing.” I was lamenting to a wise teacher about not knowing what to do next, and she asked, “Why do you need to do anything?” This stopped me dead in my tracks, as was intended. “Do nothing?” I gasped […]
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