What You Do In the Dark

He had only caught you a few times, sneaking up from behind, each step as stealth as a tiptoeing cat, shattering the silence with a WHAT ARE YOU DOING that booms in your brain but, in reality, is barely above what school teachers call your “inside voice.” You do not answer and he does not…

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Craig Kurtz

Abaddon “You wouldn’t abandon ship in a storm just because you couldn’t control the winds.” — Thomas More, Utopia.   Last call for the patriots, last stop for all apostates; the last train to freedom is now boarding from Abaddon.   Every time it rains the fixtures blinker out; no coincidence, this: the governance installed the…

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Only The Tkk’ings

the clear blue sky a hovering Narcissus sets cerulean shapes undulating the whole estero winking the sun  seducing my eyes   sweet waters from the land pulsing into salt ocean  slipping its way onto the land   I sit on one bank looking across  wobbling yellow slits tight to this shore    reflect cliffs behind me   opposite   shade…

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A Thousand Friends

Frenzy and folly, Gaudy music and fantastic dancing,   A moving party of Scarlet, orange, golden, green, blue, and purple.   Glittery “dames”, Circuit swells, Fashion fancies, And erect wantons Step stately and deliberately out of bounds.   Security within, The eccentric takes care of the bizarre.   For sixty minutes during the sixth month,…

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The Quiltmaker

It took her years, but she made a memory quilt the size of their home. At first, she used her husband’s worn work clothes. Some time passed and she cut, nipped, and threaded a fine needle through her children’s clothes, too. Her husband took to calling her fanatical; saying she no longer honored his wishes….

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Wishing Well

Dancing water sloshed At the edge of gray Slate, weary and washed By a thousand coins, as the day   Gaped from the gap above. Broken Floor-to-sky foundation, tired cracks. Steady toss-chip-tumble tokens Dug in deep. The architect’s facts   Ignored wish-fueled erosion, material Chosen to swallow the glaring sun Lies brittle and dry, a…

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