Rituals

He was always busy goin’ somewhere; ‘cross town, out of town, in town; takin’ off in the middle of the night as she lay there asleep. Midnight excursions, he called em; fillin’ up the pick-up with regular out at the edge of town. Seemed like all his money went into that truck; what little money […]

She Knew

He figured she’d never know. Thought that all would not be revealed on judgement day. Maybe he’d gotten away with one. Just one. But, for as much as he thought about her being in the dark, a wave of guilt hit him everyday. He’d self-punish. Telling himself he wasn’t good enough for her. Saying he […]

Emmylou

He waited out in the parking lot for her. She was looking for milk, eggs, bread, maybe some ice cream; wasn’t sure. The middle aged man sat in his pick-up truck, an old Ford, and played with the radio dial, going back and forth ‘cross the FM stations. Picked up frequencies from Iowa City, Des […]

Stimulus Money

The moon shined. Real bright in the midnight sky. He’d look up at it from time to time as he drove ‘cross Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, on into Ohio. All on I80. Just him in his Dodge drivin’. Not goin’ anywhere inparticular. Just drivin’. Like he’d lost his mind or somethin’. Flyin’ on coffee and cigarettes. […]

End of the world

This room is cold, he said. Could you turn the heat up a bit?,walking in circles with his arms folded. I mean, a little heat ain’t gonna throw our budget off any. This is the beginning of Spring, Winter’s got one more breath left, the old man put a sweater on, a Christmas sweater with […]

And, Wait

Winter was not marked this year; the snows of January never came. They’d watch out their front windows looking for hope amongst the gray and dreary days only to find a nakedness, a barren land where porchlights burned out long ago. And people, people gave up on a notion that God would see them through. […]

Never Could Figure Him Out

Never could figure him out. Sat there every night at the end of the bar lookin’ at people. Folks would drink and carry on. Some would get loud, boisterous; bartender would tell them to settle down. He’d just watch. And they’d keep refillin’ his pint glass with ice and Dr. Pepper. A big man, he’d […]