“I don’t want to go!”
“Me either!” chimed in the younger one.
The line inched forward. “We’re going.”
They found seats just as the trailers ceased, a bucket of popcorn in tow.
She held the 3-D glasses like soiled underwear. “I’m not wearing these.” Continue reading Lapidary
I’ve known Cat since kindergarten, but we haven’t seen each other much lately.
Life. The to-do list grows and time shrinks. I need to remind myself often to measure quality rather than accomplishments. Continue reading Song
Momma insisted her sons always be home on time.
The city didn’t allow the buses to run through his neighborhood this late. The bus wheezed to a stop. The driver pursed his lips in the rearview. He jumped down the steps to the sidewalk. Continue reading Toxic
Two weeks of business with the boss, then 18 hours in airports, and finally the blinking machine to greet him. He sighed. The suitcase heaved out of the way, the door slammed home. Continue reading Warning
Thunder rumbled like stone overhead. The wind pushed against him.
“A storm is coming.”
He heard. He squeezed the worn pendant in his fist.
Continue reading Back from Africa
Life spills out. A drop here or there at first. Then a slosh more. We stumble. The bucket jostles and a mess is made of what was once most precious. A will yet carries us on, our burden heavier and yet our time evaporating. Continue reading Torn
Cold air bit my nose. Frost covered our campsite and sparkled in the morning sunlight.
“C’mon, sleepyheads!” I called, trying to get the girls moving. “I’ve made hot chocolate.” Continue reading In Near Proximity to Bliss
“I suppose that’s it.” Angus shoveled the student exams in his worn satchel, then rammed the cap on the red pen.
“Aye.” I took another sip of the overly hoppy beer. The place still smelled of fresh paint.
“You’ve made plans then?”
I shrugged. Students entered Continue reading Bottle and Glass
Petals from cherry blossoms flutter through streams of morning sunlight. Katja shivers and asks, “Musst du gehen?”
I don’t answer. “Are you cold?”
The light tumbles through her long hair, Continue reading Blossom
Bridges casting long shadows over concrete sidewalks, buildings rising into the clear sky, a windswept beach with sand scouring our shins, cars and trucks weaving a chaotic dance Continue reading Infuse