Psst, I Got a Boat Over Here

How friggin lame is it that I brought two prescription pill bottles and a gun? she asked herself. Talk about overkill. She smirked; pun time was any time. A perfect, dump-a-body pond was the predetermined spot, about an hour drive by backroads. Seated on its bank, ignoring the rotten egg smell, she dangled her legs... Continue Reading →

The Bezoar

Was it delusion? Few among us would argue that it wasn't But be assured, their ghastly footsteps came by a dozen In that seclusion With wooded life glaring at me on despairing knees. Leaf unto limb they crumbled underfoot from behind me. First they snickered Not contempt nor trickery did the sepulchral spooks bring. Though... Continue Reading →

Speak

How speak the torn, seizured in thought, Into the carpet, as they're taught? When knees are scabbed, foreheads are bruised Against synthetic fibers, boozed, Which side will win the battle there, The voice of light or of despair? How speak the weary, beaten down, Into a screen in her nightgown? When bags are heavy under... Continue Reading →

The Rawalpindi Mothers

      A mother’s example must be of the utmost perfection, Farazeen repeated her mantra. A few strands of hair escaped onto her forehead from under her hijab. She jammed them back underneath the silky fabric, frustrated. Disappointment swelled for her careless job in fastening her hair that day. The perfumed laundry detergent she’d... Continue Reading →

Adrenaline

CLICK HERE to listen to an audio version after an intro and discussion Her veins overfilled.  Adrenaline streamed into them.  The water main spigot of her circulatory system had been opened by some unseen hand.  A spurting explosion of her leg muscles catapulted her from the bed, panties and tanktop stripped in a flurry and... Continue Reading →

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