Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Ex-Pats


I am excited to announce the podcast recording of my literary flash fiction story entitled "Ex-Pats".  Thanks to Kris Baker Dersch, of No Extra Words ~ the flash fiction podcast for featuring it! :-) 
http://traffic.libsyn.com/noextrawords/episode_9.mp3
https://noextrawords.wordpress.com/2015/08/19/episode-9-ask-the-locals/

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Sustainable Management



Plant the next forest within me
where you took down my body,
my uprooted self—now gaunt
like a scarecrow singed
by controlled burns.


Plant one for my future
and plant one for yours.

No, it wouldn't be the same
replacing possibilities of trees
that you took down for another

replacing one for one that is gone.


It is the cycle of things we learned
though not sure if it is the same
as letting the chance seed fall
in its prospective dream.

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Of Turned Beds



Uncovering imprints,
warm spots of heroes who have left
to conquer other lands more hospitable.

One millionth attempts
to prevent the cold alone,
like returning to a lost homeland,
never recovered—of turned beds
and turned hearts once full of charity.

Of open bodies,
warmness trapped within the sheets.
The tundra too expansive
for closeness, the paradise
too humid for cramped quarters.

Open palms, now closed, now old.
Too decrepit to even
hold anything.
Closed to heaven,
for the eyes are heavy,
looks away from the door.

There will be no soldier at the gate,
no mother waiting,
no child wanting,
just shadows passing,
forever passing.

There will be no one to administer,
no one to trespass,
finally still from all the distance.

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