Tornado Alley

The birds were silent. They’d been chirping all day before the clouds moved in. Then there was nothing, not a peep. One was hiding under the gutter on the house next door. The old man watched as it sat in silence. And, he was quiet too. Nothing rattled the old man, or, made him uneasy. […]

Southwest

He sat there looking at pictures. Old pictures. Photographs of people he knew when. A young woman now a grandmother. Some boy who grew up to be a law man. And others he’d lost track of. There was a rumor that this one kid was wandering around in New Mexico, or Arizona. He was trying […]

The Sun Shined

It was much easier being alone, he thought. Away from people, life in solitude, incognito, just far, far away from society. I used to walk around New York City everyday. The mass of people I’d encounter. One after another all over Manhattan. Going places. Carrying shopping bags, pushing strollers, brief cases in hand, book bags […]

Fooled

There was a fan blowing on the body laying next to him. Blonde hair was tossed just a bit. She talked in her sleep. Saying words of forgiveness. Some kind of healing was taking place. The young woman rolled over, grabbing more blanket. He was left very little. Just a bit of white sheet. The […]

Breathe

Trees. Green trees. The winter came and left early. There was no spring. Hills of grass mixed with tall weeds covered the ground; land that just a month or two ago was brown.Funny how things come alive. He left Gary heading east. Drove past liquor stores, Dollar General, barbecue joints, barber shops, and gentlemen clubs. […]

Delivered

He kept seeing a twinkling light in the sky; like the one that led the wise men to Jesus. It glowed brilliantly, shining throughout the night. Leading him down 41 towards Tere Haute, Evansville, southern Indiana. This light, a star perhaps, was his traveling companion, that and the radio tuned to a old time rock […]

Happy Anniversary

The spell was cast long ago. He didn’t know what hit him. Amongst drunks in a crowded tavern, the two of them met. Seated side by side at the bar, the two of them made small talk while a Van Morrison song blared from the juke box. Talk like, where you from? and, whatcha drinking? […]

Old Birds

Birds fluttered ’round the gutters pecking at old leaves that had been left there seasons ago. The old man could hear them, not see them, but hear them. They were talking to each other as the evening sun glowed. Maybe they were talking about how hot it was. He listened closer; still couldn’t make out […]

Here’s To The Road

The bison ran by the side of the road; penned in; running, just running. Parts of their winter coats still stuck to the sides of the animals; half skin, spots of fur. They drove along 41 looking at them. Fenced in animals. He wondered what that was like. There was very little conversation between them. […]

Us verses Them

People watched as he walked into the bar that night. It wasn’t as if there was a lot of folks in the place; just enough. Two men playing pool stopped their game. A young tough rolled his sleeves down. Women seated at the bar extended their arms to give him a hug. He took off […]