Monthly Archives: July 2012

“The Playground”

A shiny, vinyl-clad fence Surrounds the playground Of my youth. A heavy lock of steel Denies access To the children who Congregate in the street. I relive the games Played on asphalt Swept clear of snow In winter Cursed with … Continue reading

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“The Miracle of Her Beauty”

Her hair is the color of sunlight On grape leaves in summer. Her eyes, the soft grey-green of fir trees Wrapped in the mist of early evening. Her skin is bronzed like the half-hardened Vines which nurse the fruit In … Continue reading

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“Missing” (Flash Fiction)

“The owner of this phone is dead.” I read the message to my parents. My mother cried My father paced I hit the wall with my fist. “He killed her.” We spoke in unison. “He killed her.” We repeated the words Until … Continue reading

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“The Monastery”

Strolling cool walkways Adorned with nature’s jewels I discover peace. (Inspired by “Paint the Picture”, June 9, 2012.)

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“Desolation”

Dead branches slice the viewscape Like the first rivulets Of paint poured onto A Jackson Pollock canvas. The flat, two-dimensional scars Seek further definition From the solitary bird That sits on its battered perch. But it spreads its wings And flies … Continue reading

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“Olympic Duds”

United States stars Compete with pride for country Clad in Chinese garb. Shame on USOC. (Based on “U.S. Olympics uniforms made in China; Congress sees red“), AP, June 7, 2012.)

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“Riding With The Wind” (Flash Fiction)

Three o’clock in the morning. I mount my bike. Kick the stand. Throttle her low. And ease away From the station. Hot day behind me. Two murders. A drug bust. My partner shot. In the leg. I envy him. Six … Continue reading

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