She sat in the back. Braided Barretts. corduroy pants, turtleneck and a fair isle sweater. She was 7, eating an apple. That apple looks so good he said – nice and juicy. Do you like it juicy? He groomed her from the rearview mirror of an ‘81 Pontiac. All the way til ‘83.
The queen bee The orchestra conductor The lead vocalist The general The CEO The 2nd grade line leader The prima ballerina The drum major The Panic Ruling all loyal subjects Leading by gesture Setting the pitch Commanding all forces Connecting the board Strutting with pride Moving so beautifully you could cry Controlling the rhythm UsheringContinue reading “To Lead”
Yesterday morning I saw a woman in her car. She was in her driveway. The car was running. There was a baby in a car seat in the back. The woman’s head was down and I couldn’t see her face. Her shoulders were so slumped. Her head seemed to rest on her lap. I walkedContinue reading “Panic”
You shut up. You sound just like your father. Do you want to be like him? No you shut up. Don’t fucking talk to me. I hate you. She stands tall and threatening in the mother’s face. That’s enough. Do you want to be like your mother? You act just like her. You’re right thatContinue reading “The Unknowing Reach of Hate”
The Comedown Darkness don’t catch me, I don’t want to be found. Risk, just let me feel you. You make me pretty. You make me fun. You make me happy. You make me powerful. You prove to me that I can do anything. Risk, here we are at the party in the basement. At theContinue reading “When the Poles Crash”
Happiness in Moments Observations, Week Two Sitting for a moment in the quiet courtyard of the closed Public Library. Watching Lonzo chase squirrels. The streets as still as the harbor. Laying under the covers with my son, searching online for new socks. The same son delivering Oreos, Pepsi, Milk and Goldfish to my bedside tableContinue reading “The Strange Light”
How hard is this shit? It’s unchartered territory for all of us – something I never even considered happening in my lifetime. Aside from the political turmoil and lack of response to the pandemic when it was in its infancy stage – we should have seen this coming. We have been infringing upon our planetContinue reading “Thoughts On Our New Reality”
She remembered those words so clearly. You can really turn and thrust that knife he said. You’d be a good lawyer he said. He never did heard me she thought. He didn’t know how to hear me she thought. Then she remembered how he held that knife. How it felt as he turned it, thrustedContinue reading “Misunderstood”