Lost Weekend

The burly bouncer, seated comfortably on a barstool, mumbled with a sigh of boredom that he needed some ID.   I told him that, most certainly, all of us have needs; food, shelter, and clothing are the most basic needs.   Love, companionship, and sometimes just someone to lean on are other important needs.  …

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Janet Butler

Drizzle A fine drizzle softens the air falls whisper-light an almost-rain to glaze tired grass and hard, cracked earth.   It lifts scents, musty cave odors we love with our primal selves.   Earth stirs, the mist soft as a lover’s breath. She sighs, content.   Drizzle A fine drizzle softens the air and falls…

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My Heart Grows Heavier

My center grows cold and heavy. In Nagasaki, the winter months move on slowly. With my cast iron heart planted firmly in my chest, I find that simple tasks have now become difficult: getting out of bed, grooming myself, getting ready for work. The heater has been on the fritz—that, or my Welsh roommate and…

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The Hungry Man

The burgers sizzled on the griddle. Bun, lettuce, onions and ketchup off to the side. I glance at the ticket. Drop the fries into the famished Canola oil. Nine more orders are tugging at my grease-tipped sleeves. Bring it on. I’m in the zone, slinging meat and killing potatoes. Sweat leaking from my ball cap….

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A Tattoo

She got a freaking tattoo! The nose piercing last year wasn’t enough. She had to get a Celtic arm band tattoo. She’s not even Irish. I blame Janice for this—introducing liberal ideas into our home like some greenie on a mission. Still, when I told her, I expected her to be upset. I should have…

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Philemon and Baucis

Snow on the iced-up steps bits of slate broken, a frozen rabbit skin dangled from a hook near the door. Come in, come in, you can’t stay out there. This weather is meant for bears and even they are hibernating.   Snow piled high at the back cutting the light, frosted glass with elaborate designs….

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