Alone

“We live as we dream: alone...” --- Joseph Conrad, Heart of Darkness Lost....the realisation strikes deep... The endless trees are like bars of a…


Yellow Snow

Carmino sits bolt-upright on his cot, gasping. THOOM-THOOM! comes the shudder of rockets, of artillery, striking nearer and nearer. The ceiling…


30 Birds: “Parable #2 (A Picture’s Worth 1,000 Words) — Red Herrings” by Jun. 27

I’ve never been to this art museum before. I’m not so much art museum-savvy as I’d like to say galleries are more my thing, but unfortunately, no,…


Blackstar Blues

I bust in the door and she fills my belly with buckshot. What a thot, useless thot; I grab my wound and sink to my knees. The sides of my black…


Jarry Doors Exits the School, Part 1

I. The rain was ceaseless in the town of Calve Junction. “You could say the gangly one touched you,” said the one with the blonde hair and sunken…


The Sins We Remember Fondly, Part 4

X. Many of us who have spent time in 12-step or similar programs have come across the “martyr” personality. This person’s desire to clean up…


Odyssey

Mother rushed me across the country after Daddy tried to send me away to boarding school. Commit her or at least send her away for being a bad…


Blood, Gunpowder, and Plasma

The desert was rarely cool. But it was a cool night when Bobby Lucas found his life changed forever. Storms were brewing, layers upon layers of grey…


Love You, Zyra, Part 2

IV. Closer. We caught a bus that took us into the foothills of the Pamirs. By now, I’d gone quite native and had put on my all-purpose Islamic grey…


Nocturne of All Hallows’ Eve

"Don't look back, and don't run. You must never run from anything immortal; it attracts their attention." --- Peter S. Beagle Night had begun to cast…