loud and clear

are you there… yeah…I’m here… can you hear me… yes…I hear you…you’re coming through loud and clear… testing…1…2…3…testing…123…do you copy… I said yes…I copy…no need to get all professional…Roger this…Roger that…I hear you… you can never be too sure… of what… whether you’re being heard or not…some folks go their whole lives not being heard…just […]

He’d Talk

Every morning you could hear him down the hall…grinding beans for coffee…running water…coughing from a cigarette…and moving back and forth…pacing on the linoleum….talking to himself…carrying on full conversations…always about some woman…some woman who’d left him years ago… He’d talk about her husband…how they’d carried on this affair for a long time without his knowledge…he was […]

Southern Plantation In Heaven

She’d tell these stories…whoppers…big old flat out lies bout herself…said she was connected to some kind of Southern aristocracy…folks long ago owned pieces of land in Georgia…Alabama…a few hundred acres in Mississippi…told tales of white girls in lace bein’ escorted by young men in flannel suits with colorful handkerchiefs tucked away in their upper pocket…straw […]

church

He stood on the corner ‘cross from the church watchin’ all these Mexicans file inside the wooden doors…it was like they were at a McDonald’s…waitin’ on a Big Mac or a shake…standin’ there with kids clutchin’ the hands of moms and dads…holdin’ on tightly…dressed in blues and whites and pinks and yellows…some girls had flowers […]

It Is Early…Or Late

There’s a calm in the early morning hours…while it’s still dark outside…a quietness…no cop cars cruising…nor ambulances racing…fire trucks have been put away for the night…young birds chirping…saying they’re hungry…they sing out…softly… And…there is no train going through town at this hour…no diesels putting on air brakes…the mad mad men of back alleys are fast […]

The End Of The World In A Midwestern Town

So…I said to him…you’re not goin’ anywhere…he looked at me with that fool look on his face he always has…I said…what’dya think you’re doin’…just laughed…then it got real weird…the breeze stopped blowin’…things stood still…got dark…real dark like it was almost night time in the middle of the day…and he just kept on laughin’…wild as a […]

Some People Love Too Much

He fell behind…lost her somewhere out West…maybe New Mexico…could’ve been some part of Arizona…’round Nogales…close to the border…wasn’t sure…her license plate just kind of faded into the dust… She was running from him out of fear…scared of his love…they say some people love too much…all the girl knew was she wasn’t ready to settle down […]