Her Special Place

There is a special place in her neighborhood community park where Ami Xochitl-Nigeria-Rubenstein-Ferrol does her daily meditation. She is a very…


Blockhead

Chopin cradled the gun in his gnarled hands and practiced working his mangled fingers with damaged nerves on how he would the trigger on Chuck. That…


On Apology and Sea Lions

“What is the most important moment of your life?” If someone asked Phil, he would probably describe this scene to them. In fact, it was only later…


Worth the Trip

My friend Dido, who is smarter than Poet, tells me that this figurative monument is worth more than a song. That for him, its meaning clearly is:…


A Cocked and Locked Christmas, Part 3

December 24th, 8:20 AM Oh God, I’m late! I’m late! Sophia burst out of her bathroom and rushed back to her bedroom to get dressed. She put on her…


Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep

Logan and I are heading to the park to play catch. That’s when I realize I am dreaming. I must be dreaming because Logan is dead. I thought when you…


I Will Give Up My Life for You…

You’ve been sitting in that armchair since breakfast, looking out at the grey November day, unmoved by the gusts of sleet spatting against the window…


Important Pizza

“I saw this goat yesterday,” Maurice said. “It was a sight to behold, let me tell you. It was right above me, about 30 feet up, soaring like an eagle…


From Diary of a Vagabond: September 1, 1923 and its Aftermath

Fumiko took the bowl of pork noodles from Myoshi, the cook at the restaurant, who handed it to her from the window that separated the kitchen from…


Nighthawks

I was on the way to a movie, something to get me out of my room. My TV had dropped dead again and by the afternoon I'd read all the newspapers. Then…