ALMOST OVERHEAD

There was a caution in the air. A thin front of yellow yielded to heavy black layers of a disruptive sky crawling menacingly above. Thunder sounded from the hands of trauma, releasing repeated detonations. The calm surface air quickly became an unlikely opportunity for safety. Nature began to carve out its design of strength in … More ALMOST OVERHEAD

THE EYES HAVE IT

A drawing on the wall attracts attention. An old couple shake their heads and then their fists. A young woman reaches out, touching the colors. A dog walks by. A pregnant woman scans the image while rubbing her abdomen. Two young boys on bikes laugh and ride off. A city bus stops.  Passengers step off … More THE EYES HAVE IT

FACE OF NIGHT

Night, the mystery, the closed eyes of day where shadows appear larger and forbidding.  Lonely dogs send howls of sadness into cold air.  Cats prowl on silver paws. Street lights make an attempt to provide safety.  Corner clubs become revived with music. There is a chorus of moving tires and workers on buses.  Voices round … More FACE OF NIGHT

DETERMINED

She pressed forward, altering the flow of gravity with radical changes as if peddling backward on life. She fought hard, creating the forward motion of a legacy, determined with destiny. It was a fight against the current; moving under bridges and over mountains. Her emotions were handpicked, fresh from yesterday’s stories. She would say, “I … More DETERMINED

BAD DOG

Feed that dog. The restless wanderer going over fences and through backyard bushes. He’s full of fight.  Has no enemies and barks from the hell within him. Kids stay clear. His owner moved to Louisiana, leaving him chained, which he chewed through. Full moons make him howl long and sad, frightening town bullies. An abandoned … More BAD DOG

STAY AWAY

The desert curls itself up flat at night   an uncaring carnage of sand and spiders   day’s heat retreats into silence, leaving a numbing damp cold   cactus stand guard over barren and nothing   snakes slither into holes and under useless rocks   scavenger animals prowl without much to show   it’s lifeless … More STAY AWAY

FROM THE APARTMENT

Uneaten thoughts create unexplained spaces of emptiness.   As day passes, a portion of destiny is added to a legacy unfinished.   The elderly form short choppy sentences as they remember experiences their not sure actually happened.   Windows are bedecked with the last holiday; a broken wreath minus a bow. A light shines from … More FROM THE APARTMENT

JUMP IN

At the end of the earth there’s a diving board for each of us, where grieving souls and soiled hands search for a higher place; everyone hopes for security.   Truth exposes itself in various colors; nighttime is when the fear of alone is invisible.  Long stories and dreams about voices no longer present fill … More JUMP IN

MY FATHER

He was a mountain of few words a river flowing through the house, mostly out. Conversations were awkward creating uncomfortable moments, too many to count. His love was his work a place he escaped to without guilt of leaving those behind, considering it his duty; I knew he would rather be somewhere else. He grew … More MY FATHER

OVER THE WATER

A dusky silk rain dampened warm humid air as a pale green yellow sky yielded to a pressing night   a choir nearby rises through an open window singing under the wings of angels   Church candles weep during long prayers the flickering light slips over calm waters where a hypnotic intermittent sound of frogs … More OVER THE WATER