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Another dead chicken

by Ed Higgins, posted 42 hours ago 7272 views22 comments22 favs

in the chicken house this morning. The second one this week. I carry the stiff hen out to the back pasture

The Lightning

by Agnes Ezra Arabella, posted 42 hours ago 4949 views33 comments33 favs

IThe squirrels danced in the treesthey leapt from branch to limbto the struck down tree trunkthick with barkthe creek was overfilledlightening had lasted for days"Just one more day,"she told herself"Just one more day,"before the sun comes out againthe lightening had cracked…


by Todd Maupin, posted 3 days ago 7878 views44 comments22 favs

The gated community of Dos was named for one of Babbage’s landmark educational figures, Ms. Dos.

When Words Were First Born

by Jerry Ratch, posted 3 days ago 6767 views66 comments22 favs

When words were first born They were like pure prayer I could see them in the sky And hear them whispering through your hair But now they’re like dreams That only sorrow owns We still need the sun We need to find Solace on the ground

Original Sin

by Emily Sparkles, posted 3 days ago 9090 views88 comments66 favs

The sirens didn’t eat the sailors

For Christ's Sake

by Chris Okum, posted 3 days ago 7878 views88 comments66 favs


Zwarovski Crystals

by Dianne McKnight-Warren, posted 3 days ago 7777 views66 comments55 favs

It was 14:24 official eBay time. Louise had spent hours looking at over 30,000 items under “Elvis Memorabilia"

Apples and Oranges and Apples

by Darryl Price, posted 4 days ago 7878 views33 comments33 favs

No one is going to find us. And even if they did it's just a play someone wrote with you in mind as the lead. No one is going to find us. I could have told you this but I didn't want to spoil your newfound fun. No one is going to find us. The funny…


by Gary Percesepe, posted 5 days ago 8080 views66 comments66 favs

This story is dedicated to Matthew Paust

Taking Notes

by Sam Rasnake, posted 5 days ago 122122 views1010 comments88 favs

promise me


by Beate Sigriddaughter, posted 6 days ago 8686 views77 comments77 favs

images like confetti

it was just like in a movie, they said

by David Ackley, posted Sep 14, 2021 9191 views55 comments33 favs

Yeah, sort of

Skull and Bones

by Christopher J. Snyder, posted Sep 13, 2021 6666 views00 comments00 favs

“Okay, so I'm lying naked in this coffin with my big dick out,” George W. Bush says. “Yes!” …

among American gods

by strannikov, posted Sep 13, 2021 7575 views33 comments22 favs

in dark recesses of this morgue of earth / where beauty of the good does not compel, / where evil's horrors seldom do repel— / Americ gods reign o'er from birth to birth.

Under the Night Sky

by Gary Hardaway, posted Sep 12, 2021 130130 views1515 comments99 favs

wonder at all the things done without regard for you at all.

I'll find you - A Dedication to Mathew Paust

by Amantine B, posted Sep 10, 2021 161161 views1717 comments1212 favs

Matt was among those rare creatures; an ideal kind of reader ...

A heart that is not broken...

by James Lloyd Davis, posted Sep 09, 2021 123123 views99 comments88 favs

She'd had every reason to believe he'd be difficult, though he wasn't.

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  4. commented on OldSchool
    Thank you for reading, Sam, and the honorable comparison to an all-time great!
  5. I just read this again. It is excellent poetry. Evocative of so many feelings, moments and breaths of air. Too bad I can't Fave it again!
  6. Thank you Emily, Fos, Sam, Christian, Beate, Darryl, David, eamon, Agnes, Todd, Diane James, Chris. Please know my gratitude in the new postcript speaks to all of you. x x x
  7. Thank you Agnes, Tim, and Ed. I appreciate your words and respect your opinions!
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    "The possibilities were endless. The cloudy blue sky was the limit. Where do you want to go today?" Enjoyed this piece. Made me think of Donald Barthelme
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  10. Lovely imagery.
  11. Love the empathy, the compassion, the conversational quality here. Nice to read first thing this morning, a soft start to the day.
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    Thank you so much for reading, Dianne! I have lived in both neighborhoods over the years, but spent far more of my college years in "The Orchard."

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