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Still Single

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“Yes, Mother, of course I’m still single. No, I haven’t joined the Army. No, I’m not moving back home.”

Down and Out in the Portland in Oregon [Card #8: Justice (WORK-IN-PROGRESS — v.3)]

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KID SISTER: "Don't make me sic Dad on you . . . " ME: "WTF? When'd he grow a spine, without my paperwork, to play with?"

Why the Woodpecker Laughs

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Once upon a time, before there was Prairie, there was Swamp. Therein lived Salamander and Snake. High above them, in the tops of Cypresses lived Woodpecker.

Arcana Magi Fifth World - Part 1

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As the four flew beside each other, they shared their stories and got to know one another. Soon they learned from the voice what was happening.

The Damp Place

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As long as he could still take the stairs, he would go down there to be with the memories that each piece held. He knew that their time was about up, because his was too. His wife had already gone, and even before that she had long stopped using the washe


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Five micros with a capital "M."

Double Dare

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The leaves had changed color overnight. Outside Tonton and Geegee played in the leaves in the side yard. Jane wanted to join their game, but she had homework for Mr. Herdlicka's class on Monday. Mass Media. Ugh, she thought. The class was…

The 14

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The flag, with the white “14” emblazoned on its red background, churned against the wind that blew over the east wing of the Sorrell Complex. Last week, it had been planted atop the dome that capped the building and no matter…

First Shot (60)

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Their boat hits a sandbar and overturns. Blow and Rust can't find Salzwedel. Now, on Turtle Island, a shot pierces the stormy night. A wailing scream. Oh, mercy!

war lyrics

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An Attempt at Reconciling with the Non-Existent

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dealing with an over-aged imaginary friend gone rogue

"Daddy, Can You Find the Cheerios?"

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Why, these were the young hands that I kissed only last night.

Strawberry Daiquiris

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A hot summer night walks into a bar and orders a drink.

In Your Dreams

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What did it mean? What would a psychologist say? Oh, who cares. In my opinion, we ask why, what, when, where, and how too often.

The Vanes of Foxes

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If you are a fox then I am also a fox.


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I am quite the wreck!

I Don’t Think Her Last Name Was Tucker

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I ran into Tanya at “Pearl's” — maybe it was still called “Big Balls” — over in the Stockyards (Ft. Worth) in '72 and right up front we both admitted to loving honky-tonks and “done me wrong” songs which is why we were there…

don't come to my funeral

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Turning corners.


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We were busy painting pictures of False Hope on the face of Reality.

Mr. Renoir, You Paint a Lovely Picture

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The time: it's the 1970s. The place: Shelley's, an unpretentious little nightclub in the borough of Queens. This is where Renoir the Impressionist works four nights a week...

The Maple Leaf Club

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One of his operas was confiscated when he couldn’t pay a hotel bill. He ended up in a mental home, demented from syphilis.

For the Record

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As being ebbs it deepens. The mind grows truant. We inhabit a permanent Saturday.

Loveless Lover

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Love me like a crutch Love me when I'm strong


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It's only been about three minutes. We're moving a bit faster now and many of those around me have already been taken out by the debris. One guy had his head smashed in by a rogue swing set that came out of nowhere. I envy his demise, at least a little…

not enough

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The being enough, the water boiled, the leaves soaked until flavor releases, and never enough for the only failures are the sharp pangs of a heart attack waiting to be enough on a fine day in June

A Little Piece of Humanity

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It wasn't meant to happen like this— the shutter, the feeling of breathlessness when he touched her shoulder, even after he had pointed out all of the things she had done incorrectly throughout the day. They had been married for five years in February, and as…

Pebbles Against Empire

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Whatever you have,/ we can monetize it

This Much

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halfway between Latino and angelic,

Down and Out in the Portland in Oregon [Card #8: Justice (WORK-IN-PROGRESS — v.2)]

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Damn, I wish I had memorized the entirety of Milton's "Paradise Lost" so I could recite it back to myself, for entertainment!

First Shot (59)

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We left Blow, Salzwedel and Frank Rust heading across the water toward Turtle Island where they believe Sarah Kellum is hiding out. We pick them up as a storm sweeps in from the northeast.