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 […]

Old Times

He saw her…didn’t think much…a tall blonde with a little weight on her…middle aged…raking leaves in her front yard…he wondered why she didn’t have a man doing that for her…he wondered… Maybe like so many middle aged people he knew…himself included…she and the hubby might’ve went splitsville…he watched her…she had her hair pulled back in […]

Goodnight My Love

He saw her walk through the turnstile up at Columbus Circle on her way to catch the train…he’d seen her before…tall leggy brunette wearing white boots and leggings…like a go-go dancer of old…she had her hair up in a beehive and her lips had fresh paint on em…that was her…always wearing something sexy…provocative…like the tiger […]