“Promises.” He sipped hot, bitter water.
The sun mocked him. A rusted steel sheet caught an eddy, sighed an arrhythmic tink into the silence. These oil fields died long ago.
He’d kept his promises. When the front collapsed into chaos, Continue reading Arid
Here he is, meet Walter, he was raised up on a farm
His pawpaw taught him to fear Jesus and never do no harm
Walter loved his mama, fried chicken, and fishing too
Pawpaw taught him about honor and sacrifice
Noble ideas worth a fight, son. They’d cost his left arm
Now I suppose everyone starts out about the same way
Some folks grind the gears and bounce down the highway
While others no doubt ride smooth rails of silver spoons
Life on the farm was full of bumps and bruises and pain
But Walter knew love and his heart there would stay Continue reading Walter
His first day and Simon was late. He jabbed the button on the elevator. “Close, damn it, close!” It stopped at the next floor, doors opened, and no one waited. Simon rolled his eyes. He mashed the button, his thumb turning white.
Finally, he reached the sixth floor and exploded from the stupid, archaic technology. Continue reading Oversight
I swirl the wine in my glass. There is no recollection of having poured it. My world stretches monochrome and thin. Days spin as a stone wheel to grind away all the Blacksmith has once wrought, strength of body and sharpness of mind.
Damp shirts Continue reading Specific Gravity
I roll the nylon out across the floor. It is strong enough. I shrug.
I remember the day of the revolution. Now it seems like a dream. Promises of greatness. Many of us believed.
Clouds drift past the hole in the roof. Continue reading Maddening
Simon shivered. Waves knocked against planks beneath his sodden feet. He swiped his dripping hair aside.
“It was an accident,” she repeated. Lamplight reflected from dark liquid eyes.
She’d knocked him overboard, he knew. He looked at the Continue reading Rowboat
“What do you make of this one?”
“Someone must really like soup.” She shook her head. “Looks like the soup aisle at the grocery store.”
“Look at that one.” Her sister pointed to one of the cans. “Beefy mushroom.” She made a gagging sound. “Gross.” Continue reading Soup
He convinced the grudging attic door open with his shoulder. The narrow wooden stair groaned under his weight, causing him to wince.
Paint and perfume triggered memory. “Stella,” he whispered.
Winter light cast long Continue reading Candles and Shoes
Another day ends over the sea. I recall another’s promises once given, locked safely away, and long since forgotten, disavowed. The bluff sits forsaken and covered in dandelions gone to seed. The surf beats a muted dirge for the evening breeze, now peaceful like the dead.
So this is another end. I sit Continue reading Promises
The singer’s growl roared through her headphones. Her foot tapped in time to the emphatic bass beat. Words and images flickered across the screen in front of her.
“This is fantastic,” she blurted. The image was of a sweaty cowboy in a room full of cats. At the bottom: herding cats.
“What’s fantastic?” asked the analyst across the table. Continue reading Realize