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by J. Fallthrough, posted 15 hours ago 4949 views33 comments11 fav

I let Archer throw a handful of chocolate chips into the oatmeal that was simmering on the stove. It started to froth, quickly becoming a little mushroom cloud on top of the pot. A spasm of fear passed across Archer's face, which was…

- "You literally can´t believe the facts Tucker Carlson tells you. So say Fox´s lawyers."

by Neil McCarthy, posted 44 hours ago 8686 views22 comments22 favs

And in so saying, we shoot a glance at the calendar, a swear and a prayer escaping our lips simultaneously. The home stretch of the year that´s in it is an uphill fogbound chicane of black ice and oncoming trucks. Anyone with half a mind to jump in…


by Joey Delgado, posted 2 days ago 6060 views11 comment11 fav

“Have the tomatoes come in yet?”“Dottie…”Mrs. Dorothea Tilden pointed a trembling finger at Harriet.“You promised me tomatoes, Harry.”Harriet put her hands on her hips, a stance Dorothea knew well. One more sharp word meant fight; two…


by Kitty Boots, posted 2 days ago 7070 views99 comments55 favs

no fun piles for kids and dogs to tunnel through

Snow Angel in the Sand

by Agnes Ezra Arabella, posted 3 days ago 7171 views44 comments44 favs

"It goes to infinity and back.That is how much I love you".She looked down into the sandplopped down and made a snow angel,Pushing the mudwith her arm and legs,like wipersof a caron a rainy day"Auntie ... Auntie,How much I love you".

Shakespeare's Dark Lady -- John Hudson (review disguised as fiction)

by Mathew Paust, posted 3 days ago 9797 views55 comments22 favs

William Shakespeare (a surname that meant "wanker" back in the day, by the way)

A Journal of the Plague Year: Day 237: A pandemic miscellany

by David Ackley, posted 5 days ago 102102 views66 comments44 favs

Wheel turning, round and round again


by Gary Percesepe, posted Nov 16, 2020 116116 views1414 comments77 favs

if death has an opposite this must be it

The Memory

by Erika Byrne-Ludwig, posted Nov 14, 2020 123123 views1212 comments77 favs

The old lady is losing her memory. She forgets people's names yet so familiar to her. A little sheepish, she takes her basket and walks to the village. Just like when her legs were young, suntanned, shapely and attractive. Along the footpath, by the shop windows, over the…

A Special Assignment

by Todd Maupin, posted Nov 09, 2020 159159 views00 comments00 favs

In the graph of life or death, two axes will inevitably meet. Will it be as jarring as two sharp and well-hewn axes colliding?

How to Save a Shell

by Darryl Price, posted Nov 09, 2020 159159 views22 comments22 favs

"Love is just a word I've heard when things are being said"...--J.T.That thing that is empty now is me. I never thought I'd disappear, so crazily far from being myself. The love key has been thrown away, dropped without much fanfare. I carried…

times out of time

by strannikov, posted Nov 08, 2020 153153 views33 comments22 favs

muse of my heart, with each palace in love: / when Januaries lash with storm and sleet, / their dread dark nights all muffled in bright snows, / will you find coals to warm your purpled feet?

Chemical Assistance

by Ivan Reyes, posted Nov 08, 2020 140140 views22 comments11 fav

Through your veins

Existential Weather Report (Election Day 2020)

by stephen hastings-king, posted Nov 08, 2020 159159 views77 comments44 favs

Later, at home, on the internet, I assemble fragments of street celebrations from cities one coast to the other. I watch them and listen in the compressed fidelity of computer speakers. How strangely things feel.


by Steven Miller, posted Nov 07, 2020 201201 views22 comments22 favs

The trash is full. Again. I open the bathroom trash—because the diaper genie is stuffed—but there’s no room. I try the kitchen next. The lid swings open, catapulting carrot shavings onto the floor. I lay the diaper on the counter for later.

Interlude in Trader Joe's Parking Lot

by Joanne Jagoda, posted Nov 06, 2020 134134 views99 comments88 favs

I'm pulled in by the music like a rogue wave and he has no idea I'm drowning...

What It Took To Be God

by Jerry Ratch, posted Oct 31, 2020 134134 views22 comments11 fav

You had to put up with Sunday drivers You had to love children All children, all of them! This is what it took to be God It wasn’t fun You had to be patient, sometimes You had to pretend to look the other way You needed to lose your he

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