A Dinner Party for the Stars

There is sorrow to be had for the sun and the moon As they work all day and all night to make possible the two Lonely in their treks across the sky, they yearn for each other Fading, setting, starving for one another Their faces shining a bright façade Covering a longing only shared by god Each set and each…

Rite of Passage

My rite of passage came about unexpectedly. It wasn’t killing an animal or getting drunk, and thank God it wasn’t losing my virginity. I was nine years old if I remember correctly. Grandpa Henry owned a ranch in the White Mountains of eastern Arizona. He was a tall, lanky man, a WWII Marine vet, hardened by the sun and long,…

Final Beats of a Song

There are days I sit and reflect on the episodes that have shaped the character I will eventually become. I have questioned the reason for the experience. Why did it happen? Was I supposed to feel this? Will it ever become just a distant memory? One memory that plays in my mind is the strength it took to endure such…

Dogs and Other Sounds of Living

The man in apartment 108 is watching porn too loudly again. He never knows how much noise comes out of his place at strange times. One could assume it’s something to do with his incredible age. The undiscernible amount of years, like hundreds of years old—ages—did not come off so wizardly. One morning, he could be heard hurling curses and…

Death in the Life

It was the middle of June, and the sun was beating down on my head as the four of us jumped out of the bed of my dad’s pickup. My brother, my cousin, my best friend, and a rented riding mower accompanied me for the ride as we waited for my uncle and his friend to show up so that…

Broken Dorms

A decision was made and on a cold Saturday morning  my older sister, Gloria, bursts into my room full of eagerness and authority and says, “We’re taking a trip, Mom wants you to go, so hurry up and get ready!” I’m moving about sluggishly, still trying to awake fully. I ask my sister in the midst of a yawn, “Where…

This Faint Breath

Darkness entrapment surrounding with noises constantly unaware movements, At first sight I gasp for the one thing I find divine, Learning each day how to comprehend the present struggle Spending every waking minute to be an influence, Sleepless nights end upon the great fright of authenticity, To feel, to understand, to believe, this is life, The deafening silence the warm…

Silence

In the end, it was the silence that told him more than any word ever could’ve hoped. The thick shag of the hotel carpet dulled the thud of his bare feet as he paced the room for what seemed to be the thousandth time that long and lonesome night. His quick, successive breaths seemed to echo off the hotel walls…

Rat City

Zombie rats had overtaken the city. The mayor had called the piper to lead the rats out of the city, but the rats ate the piper and only left a pile of bones with a flute broken in half. The red and orange flames from the fire lit the dark city. Hours before, the use of high explosive missiles was…

Future Arrangements

In high school my mother was always on my case about school and grades. She wasn’t mean or anything, but very detailed and strict on how education was very important. She would always lecture me on how it’s hard to find a job with no educational background, and if you did find a job it wouldn’t pay that much. As…

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