’bout that time

The wind whipped ’round Highway 41 last night ’til the early mornin’ hours. There were snow walls built up on the sides of the road….big yellow plows with the state’s emblem on the doors pourin’ salt as they swiftly moved north and south past towns like Morocco…Lake Village…Schneider…small towns with volunteer fire departments and maybe […]

Just One More day

They’d go for these walks out in the woods…long walks through pine needles…old dead leaves…weeds comin’ up to their thighs…treaded over memories from when they were kids and they used to play out there in the deep forest…far away from everything…couldn’t hear momma callin’ em…nor the traffic goin’ up and down the stretch of highway […]

A Short Conversation

what’re you getting at… I’m talkin’ ’bout somethin’ you can hold onto…somethin’ tangible…a person…an object…some Teddy bear when you were a kid… You’re talking about the impossible… How so… We never get that close to anything…people that is…we’re too caught up in ourselves to cling to anything…not even husbands and wives get that close…in fact…they […]

The Hunt

The truck was parked on the side of the road on the outskirts of Joplin…blue rusted pickup with a busted taillight and a gun rack hanging on the rear window…it’d sat there for a couple of days…drippin’ oil on the gravel…makin’ it black… He kissed his momma goodbye that mornin’ after she’d made him a […]

December

and winter came darkness…cold barren trees winter came. a child born in the month of December crying out to the world he has arrived this infant babe sent to wash away tears of a mother given to her naked to the world they cling to each other her breath his and his her’s welcome to […]

He Waited In Sunlight

He’d wake up in the middle of the night…early morn…fix himself a cup of coffee with sugar and cream…place some bread in the toaster and wait for it to pop up…fry two eggs leaving the yolk a beautiful yellow like the sun comin’ up outside his windows every day ’round 7:30…he liked to watch the […]

Human

He looked at her…sitting there drinking her beer…talking to the fellow next to her…as his ashtray piled up and pint glass became empty…neon lights blinking on pinewood walls and tarnished brass losing its luster over the years like him…like him… Remembering when he was young…dancing with women…old black and whites showing a man in his […]