Monday, September 3, 2012


It’s a fog, it’s the sea.
It is two, it is three…four?
It’s the feeling in your gut,
You’re all in,
It’s all on the line,
Heart’s on your sleeve,
And the one with the knife-blade cards
Takes a breath before
Showing your fate.

Monday, August 13, 2012

Labor Pains

There you sit, just tick-tack-typing
At your desk,
Thinking you should’ve learned to type,
As the hours slip away like
Crumpled whispers from dying lips,
Softly-rustling papier-mâché birds
Flapping off into the dark.

It’s blood and strife makes tick-tack-type, to
Get this right. Who would have
Guessed it would be so hard?
It’s just
Writing words, after all, not
Giving birth.

Saturday, August 11, 2012

When I Find You

When I find you, it won’t be
Forced, but
Natural, flowing, smooth, like
A song from the practice room of lips and throat,
Now flying, long rehearsed,
At last set free, this single
No more concerned with
Intonation, but only, now,
With being.

When I find you, it won’t be
Artificial, but
Fundamental, whole, like
The dark and living earth
Beneath our feet,
Full of promise,
Life squirming between our toes,
Green and color startling forth
Like sparrows through the


I would never hurt you.
I would never do you wrong.
All I wanted was to look and see
a spark of recognition,
like a grizzled old sea dog
who locks eyes with the sea,
and sees, again, what 
made him love her first.

But it wasn’t meant to be
that easy, love,
because the road to love
is one hell of a storm, and
we, it seems, aren’t above
getting holes in our ships
on the way.

I thought we’d bind our rafts together,
sail the sea together, share our
journeys, and our stories; but
it seems we still
have some storms to weather; but
we’re going different places.

So let’s leave this desert place,
because Cupid smiles
like the Cheshire Cat,
and I must go, 
and I must go;
but I’ll look back once in my
rear-view mirror.

Because, you see, it

wasn’t meant to be,
my love.
It wasn’t meant to be
my love.
It wasn’t meant to be
my love;

but that doesn't mean it's easy.


I understand you, you
bushy-headed palms,
stretched so tall
against the sky.

My soul's moved with you,
bit by bit,
raising the tent
of the sky;
upward, toward the

You've risen above the other trees,
tall to see
beyond their crowded heads.
You long to see a


can't be seen so
low. You
miss a place to stand and
let your unobstructed gaze
touch anything,


like a shepherd patrolling
the slumbering ranks
of his fleecy white charges,
his touch like bell tolls:

"All is well."

Sunday, February 26, 2012

The Best Day

So I was on Terribleminds the other day, and, yet again, got inspired by Chuck's Flash Fiction Challenge: to write a story in five sentences. I entered his contest but, unfortunately, thought of a better entry after I'd already submitted one. So here's the better one.

She was walking away for good. And it was the best part of my day.

I crumpled the eleventh beer can of the past two hours, my head beginning to turn without moving, my thoughts like a flood, uncontainable, going wherever they wanted, free range chickens pecking at my brain. 

As I halfway fell onto my bed, my knees on the steady floor, I clutched the sheets that still held her scent, like I was ivy clinging to a wall, unable to stand on its own; and I watered my handholds silently.

It was the best day.

And then there's the other version...:

She was walking away, and it was the best thing that had happened all day.
The best thing.

He was sure of it as he haphazardly crinkled the eleventh emptied beer can of the past hour or so.

The best, most amazing thing.

He was positively ecstatic as he tumbled halfway onto his bed, his knees on the ground, his hands clutching the bedsheets like ivy clamped onto a wall, too weak to stand on its own; and his eyes watered them silently.

Feel free to tell me which you prefer in the comments, because I'm stumped.

Friday, February 17, 2012

(Title Forthcoming)

I haven't written a story in forever. This post fixes that. I was over on,  and I saw Chuck's Flash Fiction Challenge, and I got inspired. So I wrote a response. And here it is! (If you wanna see the post that inspired this post, see here.) Only problem is that I'm still not sure what to call it. Well, that and I don't think it's done yet. But hey, it's a start. Enjoy!

There are some days when you just can’t win. Like those mornings you wake up and see the blinking face of your alarm clock silently telling you that the power went out last night, and your stomach suddenly remembers that it’s the not-so-distant cousin of a Black Hole as you realize just how late you are for work. 

Well today was just that sort of day for Hunter and his big sister, Scarlett. Except replace the power outage with a werewolf invasion, and up the dread-factor to about 157%. 

“Hunter, Scarlett! Get back inside, right now.” 

“Dad, we can help!” Scar insisted, her father’s spare axe hanging from her hand like a broken branch.

“We don’t know that, and I need you kids safe. Now get inside.”

Hunter was already there, obediently opening the trapdoor leading down to the cellar. Howls and grunting screams seeped through the walls. Scar could see the worry in her father’s eyes, the tension in his jaw. There was blood spattered on his shirt. “They got through the wall?” she asked quietly. He didn’t answer. That meant yes. 

“Stay down there until me or your Uncle Logan comes and gets you, alright?” He kissed them each on the head. “And bolt that damn hatch.” 

He didn’t look back as he hurried out the door.

“Scar, close it,” Hunter said. The noises were getting louder, or maybe the walls were just getting thinner. “Just close it.”

“But…we can help. I can help. If we just….”

“Dad said; just close it!

The hatch came down forcefully, Scar’s arms unable to resist the sudden force.

Scar whirled and faced her brother. “Damn it Hunter! Don’t you see? You could help out there!”

“You know I can’t control it like that,” he said, his breathing shallow.

Scar’s face went expressionless, her eyes roiling with intensity. “You seemed to control it pretty well on that,” she said, indicating the closed and bolted trap door.

“Don’t look at me like that,” Hunter appealed. “You don’t know what might happen.”

“Hunter, you need to be dangerous. We need you. You need to let it out.”

A scream from outside pierced through their containment, followed by an inhuman roar like a monstrous semi hurtling down a highway.

Hunter looked up at her, his wide green eyes glassy and unknowing. “I can’t,” he said, barely audible.

“They’re dying out there!”

“I can’t,” he said, barely audible.

“Well I can,” she answered, her eyes hardened and glowering, “and you're coming with me. I'm not gonna let dad die just 'cause you won't let it out."

She unbolted the latch, tossed the axe out onto the floor, then climbed the ladder, Hunter’s shirt firmly clutched in her hand. He whimpered a little, but didn’t put up much of a fight. Her face was blank. Dropping him on the floor, she turned back and shut the trap door, swiping up the axe in the same motion. Hunter looked up at her, his face pale, lips trembling slightly. “Let’s go, little brother.” His eyes got watery. She paused.

“Logan! Logan, look out!” their father’s voice cried. A roar; a snap, a crunch; a scream cut off at its crescendo, as if a doomsday symphony’s conductor had suddenly dropped dead on his podium, announcing the arrival of the apocalypse.

Everything stopped for a second, and then it moved in freeze-frame fast forward. Hauling Hunter from the floor, open door, step outside and push him forward; he stumbles and falls on the torn-up grass; she takes in the sight of half of her uncle’s face, the only part of him still recognizable in the slimy mass of pink and red, white bones poking out like fresh kindling, her father, blood-drenched, emerging from behind the corpse of a hulking dead wolf. Hunter sobbing, his hands bloody, his face contorted like paper crumpling in a fire.

And then time snapped back.

“Dad, behind you!” she screamed. He ducked and rolled to the side, rising to a crouch, face to face with another wolf. She tried to throw her axe at its head, but her arm refused. A growl and hot breath came from behind her. She fell to the ground; the axe fell from her hand. Backing away, backing away, those snarling, saliva-dripping fangs approaching steadily. From behind her, her father’s grunts let her know he was still alive; who knew for how long. Unexpectedly, an arm was under her hands. Hunter. He’d passed out. “Hunter! Hunter!” she yelled. She slapped him across the face. She shook him. She dragged him behind her, unable to stand in the face of those fangs, still approaching, unrelenting; grinning. “I won’t go out like this,” she said, her teeth gritted together like a bear trap. The teeth were almost upon them. “Hunter!”

His eyes snapped open. They were red. They were fire. They weren’t Hunter.

He stood in front of her, facing the wolf, confident. He smirked. “Come on, little bitch. Let’s see who’s an Alpha.”