Cafe Scene

    Rachel sits at a table for one. Small and cramped, with barely enough space beneath its architecture for her to cross her long legs. Being single – a punishable offense at her age, even in the dregs of a mid-life cafe sobriety, Society took every opportunity to remind her of this infraction: Jamming…

The Milkman Cometh

  Harry was already having a hard day. It started when he went down to the laundry room a few minutes to midnight to take his uniform out of the dryer before his shift. Agnes, his wife, was a good little hausfrau. She baked a steak and kidney pie that would put tears of joy…

Mad Cow Disease

“And I, remaining in this self – same place, Will, for myself but one, make seven appear, When my shrill whistle shall be heard; for so Our custom is to call each other up.” ~excerpt from Dante, Canto XXII (Argument) Buzzsaws are whirring in my head. My throat is burning. The air is thick with…

Another Fish Tale

  Carve intricacies into me the shade and patterns of your lambent moods anchor me to your thoughts turn my bones into scrimshaw hollow me holy there are only stones, flesh, stars and those truths the hand can touch with a knife cut, etched in candle black, soot and spat tobacco juice. Then scatter my…

Imbolc

The sky’s pelt all matted and furred snarls at the horizon clouds ravel a tangle of dark wet promise. I’d love to bury my face in its coat, give it a nuzzle inhale its musk drink its sour milk drape its body like a stole around my shoulders promenade along the San Francisco Bay unlock…