#ArchiveDay You are ever present in everything I do. I remember you driving us to school because we hadn’t learned to drive yet. You saw me panic. You could read it on my face. You taught me to pray. You said, “God is not worried about what language you speak, or if it is from a holy book. Talk to God. He will hear you.”
By Joseph Murphy The Star I’d never met another on that steep hill’s summit. Wild flowers grew as they would Along a country lane: sunset Highlighting petals. I stood on jagged rock, vastness Of skyline and bay below. A star appeared through sheer clouds: that instant The past seemed no more Than an empty …
“A wife is a hope chest in which you keep the things you will need for a good life”
By Lynn White They emerged from the cute blue eggs of our Blue Araucanas. With every one a cockerel when grown, we decided to have one for dinner. Under the grey blue plumage, the skin was blue, which was quite a shock, a little alien, but cooked it was fine, normal, as expected and the …
By Matthew Harrison A Dim Sum lunch, a special feast, A dozen dishes at the least! I grab the pen and order sheet: Let’s make a start with Cold Smoked Meat! And then I order Phoenix Claws (That’s chickens’ feet) to great applause, With Juk, Har-gau, Siu-mai, and more Delicious Man-tau buns for four – …
She’s been waiting
Long past her expiration.
She sits on the doorstep of success
And waits for it to let her in.
The Trumpan™ Women [A Tragedy with Haiku] Chorus: Like smoke blown to heaven on the wings of the wind, our country, our conquered country, perishes. Its palaces are overrun by the fierce flames and the murderous spear. Euripides The Trojan Women Orange has almost no perfect rhymes. The only word in the 20-volume historical …
If I were a writer, would I be more scared of success then failure?
Would I be more afraid of fame then anonymity?
Would I be too paralyzed to start for fear of an inability to finish?
If I were a writer, would the pressure to write weigh so heavily that I couldn’t write at all?
Southern Daughters I am from the south where the trees are dry and the rivers are waterless. Our sky is dark and its sun is foggy. I am from that south where everything is colorless. Our southern fields have daughters but our streets are always blind. These southern daughters are smiling but their eyes are …
Emily Dickinson once famously remarked that if she felt as though the top of her head were taken off, she knew she was reading poetry. And who among us did not read “It is a truth universally acknowledged, …” and feel our heads explode? But the poetic nature of Austen’s first lines has not been explored — …
By Ian Randall Wilson EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE Flags are waving with the violence of veterans who hold them out. Around the square people trying to remember. The grass has been replanted. 12 times in the last 2 years. Still it won’t grow. The body sickens and recovers fattens and reaches for its portions of space. …
By Matthew Harrison ON TAKING OFF AT HEATHROW If I see England from a cabin port – Lanes deep in shadow, hedgerows frosted gold By winter sun – then come images fraught With sadness: brothers dispersed, mother old, Friends long gone. Yet this boy beside me cries And laughs and prods his neighbour gleefully, For …
And the Hell of it is I like to sin,
not sin for the sake of sinning but sin
because I just can’t seem to stop myself
Addiction is a live thing.
It breathes through you,
survives through you
like a parasite.
1. Titanic There’s a moment when You start to understand the Iceberg’s point of view. 2. The Long, Hot Summer It was long and hot, That summer. And the comma Made it much longer. 3. The Wizard of Oz White girl in strange land Kills two women of color (Green) and then goes home. 4. …
friend did not show up; please
sit down, spread your junk out
on the table, disturb the artist.
It is 1927 so you can smoke.
Pull out a ratty life-saver roll and
a rumpled handkerchief.
Live in, liven this picture.
Strike a match. Light up.
Her heart beats