Father and Son

They looked across the room at each other. She, picking up pillows and placing them on the bed while he tucked in corners of covers. Saturday morning and the usual ritual would take place; coffee made, eggs scrambled, and toast buttered. It would take hours to get their youngest out of bed; he’d sleep until […]

Oedipus Stimulus

There was a large coffee and package of powdered donuts up on the dashboard underneath the cracked windshield. He had a map in his lap, looking over the eastern side of the United States. The radio was turned on to some jazz station out of Pittsburgh. Diesels and cars driving on 76 with the sun […]

Just Before Sun Rise

It is the quietest part of night. Drunks rattle home, no cars going up and down the strip, castrated diesels sleeping behind gas stations, sides of roads, truck stops out on the edge of town. And cop cars quit cruising ’bout an hour ago; getting ready for shift change. In diners hookers and pimps eat […]

Listening

He listened to her. She kept talking and talking about the end of the world coming and he listened to her. She would talk in sentence fragments, no complete thoughts, just rambling. On and on she went about the apocalyptic horsemen and how when the U.S. goes so goes the world. They sat at the […]

Top Secret

He kept looking at the light outside surrounded by pitch black. It was a head light he thought. Or, maybe a flashlight of some kind. Could’ve been some hitchhiker coming up the road. He wasn’t sure. The yellow light began to swing back and forth as it got closer to the house. It’d shine up […]

Maureen

The hotel bar was empty for the most part. The bartender cleaned glasses and a man in a yellow suit sat drinking a beer while watching the news; the sound was down low. Some nuts were poured into a bowl next to the customer. He’d take handfuls and toss em back with a swig of […]

Mr. Help. Dedicated to Joshua Seay

The truck wouldn’t start. Had gas in it. Checked the oil. Maybe it was the starter. He stood over the engine grabbing belts and fidgeting with screws. His boy handed him a wrench. He tightened some cables. Told the boy to jump inside the beater and see what she does. Nothing. The young boy turned […]

I’m Leaving

He stood in the garage adjusting his table saw. One eighth, one half, I don’t know what the cut is, the old man said to himself. One eighth, or, one half, maybe a quarter, he rattled on. I just don’t know, he brushed saw dust out of his grey hair. She came to the door […]

Nothing Changes

There was talking downstairs, out in the parking lot. It was Friday, the eagle would fly today, everybody knew it. He sat up in his room with the window open, listening to drunks and bums talk about where they were going to get dough in different parts of town. I’m going out to the mall, […]

Home

She’d sleep under trees in Central Park using rust colored leaves as blankets. The dreams she had. Thoughts of leaving and never coming back to this earth; going on to make her home in the heavens. Policemen and park security would pass her by in the midnight hours. A whole city lit up and alive […]