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Marigolds

Marigolds

The old woman comes in from the garden and sets a basket of lemons, tomatoes and eggplant alongside the sink, wrapping the remainder of her bounty in wax paper and tying it with a bit of string. As was her […]

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Empty Vessel

Empty Vessel

The bedroom is a refuge, its walls boasting photographs of a young life as it unfolded. Little league, first communion, high school prom. A SWAT team had violated its sanctuary immediately after the shooting, looking for something to validate the […]

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Resting Place

Resting Place

Three figures repose in the fallow soil, holding hands, gazing skyward, two small figures flanking a larger one. The mother’s arm raises to point at a cloud above, the twins heads moving to follow. The cloud is majestic as it […]

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Au Revoir

Au Revoir

The Property Clerk Office attendant upends a manila envelope, spilling its contents onto a table and then stepping back. As beads of sweat appear on his forehead he begins to tap the envelope against his leg, in rhythm with an […]

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The Rosary

The Rosary

“Santa María Madre de Dios, ruega por nosotros los pecadores, ahora y en la hora de nuestra muerte. Amén”. The Mother suddenly looks around, eyes searching, pain etched deeply into her face. A stranger looks back at her with pity […]

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Disposable

Disposable

Disposable A deep blue paragraph with plastic interruptions As waves combine with discarded convenience And the temporary useful continues to churn A disposable discarding of old   She knows the contents without opening A formality of dismissal towards years gone […]

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Indigenous Life

Indigenous Life

A stunning post from the FB feed:   There is a tribe in Africa where the birth date of a child is counted not from when they were born, nor from when they are conceived but from the day that […]

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The Requiem

The Requiem

A blue butterfly had alit upon the hallowed ground, its wings moving up and down as if a tiny engine idled within. It was unusual to see one in that part of San Francisco during the winter, and her friend […]

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father, final act scenes 1 and 2

father, final act scenes 1 and 2

The stray cat gingerly high-stepped thru the snow, its destination the park bench across the frozen pond. Skittish, the animal advanced then withdrew, each foray bringing it closer to the man seated there. At last it slid under the bench […]

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K Dark Thirty

K Dark Thirty

The men crept in under cover of darkness. “Nice place,” said one of them as he surveyed the mansion’s spacious kitchen. “I guess karma never got to this bastard.” “Shhhh!” a second man admonished. “We must be quiet.” The quartet […]

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