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The Buzzard

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There was a buzzard in the sky. It was hovering above Louisa. She put her straw hat on and forgot about the bird. Her hand was full of grains. She opened it, threw them in the air to let them fall like rain over Jollie, her hen. Louisa then started reading and Jollie…

in caring

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familiar people passing closely faces we recognize but cannot place

A Tender Button

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He looked at a man in a straw hat on YouTube and thought “that could've been me, if I'd learned to play the guitar.” He savored the wistfulness of the moment. The pluperfect always made him sad. But the conditional was almost too much to bear. Octopi were a…

Deep, Deep Brown

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Arcana Magi Bolt

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Sofia looked around and found herself at a boulevard. She could see the town exit ahead of her. The bike still lied on the ground.

A Tinder Ghost

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Do you know if you were actually speaking to me there?

A Journey (on Foot) Through Hostile Lands

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Love comes and goes as it pleases. Plant lives matter you know. Isn't it so obvious? I'm sure you've noticed or felt like you've been here before. Maybe forever. Just ask any hand-held camera or open book. Well. How many times can we…

More from The Chronicles of His Demise

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Dread and drudgery sour each day

she's everything's possible

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she's balanceshe's no regretshe's be yourselfshe's promises madeshe's dreams never endshe's a rainbowshe's last night on earthshe's head over heelsshe's oh yeahshe's purple rosesshe's sweet surrendershe's ever after blissshe's all the riches she's behind the wheelshe's…

pop music till yer brains bulge blue!

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every color of sound turned to green / human beasts’ treadmill tastes must be trained: / we may yet starve to death, but we’ll die de-brained!

A Burst of Color

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There’s a sudden Burst of color Like the dispersal of a ghost In a light wind And now candy wrappers are Scattered all over the heavens It looks like God got lit up By the sky As we flew too c

You Should Know

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Do you know how much it takes to holdthe spring you love against your lips? No angel, or I, will ever begrudge, nor the planets that have to slow their pace and stumble their orbits a degree behind to make the magic that keeps our grip. We could have been elephants…

Schadenfreude

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It's 50/50 that you'll ever pad your knee enough to ever kneel on it. Your back hurts, the Orthapedist labels it arthritis. I think that means we're getting old, so I crawl up the tower of your body as I'm a little younger, more sprightly. You're a

Surge Of Green

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Already past the harbinger of yellow crocus

Gusts

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a girl in a red cap flashes by

deja not

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I haven't felt my soul leave my body

Confession

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As a boy Edward had stayed in the confessional several times in a row. The priest was drunk and couldn't tell it was the same kid over and over. The tiny door slid open…”Scobbity bobbity…tell me your sins…” Edward confessed what he thought were sins, then said…

The Roses of Gettysburg

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Mothers and sons and war, an old story...

The Gypsy Girl

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The girls had gathered in the hall. Carefully dressed and made up, they appeared as rows of variegated artworks in front of the audience. In their eyes the lights flickered like small luminous petals. Celia sat in the middle row. The spirit was exactly right. Her decision…

The Generosity of Perishable Objects

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"As soon as you're born, they make you feel small."--John LennonI cannot do anything about how beautiful you are, my sour flower, but I can tell you this much: Joni Mitchell is better than all the cowards in the world. They all chose to somehow…

Contortionist

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a poem that unwrapped itself so casually I tucked it under my tongue, just to make sure

Visitations

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The squirrels love the sun

Mondo Agro

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the curtained claws of shade

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with so many thick curtains hung out to shroud/ so many unlit eyes, Night you’d think could spare/ a small few for our diversion . . .

Stiff Mackerel and the Aging Turkeys

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Some misadventures of band members have caused show postponements And cancellations during the band's 50-year-long career The start of a European tour was postponed in 1998 When one of them fell off a ladder in his home But the band didn’t

Frankly, I'm Not Doing Well

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TW: Self-harm. I wanted to write a mental health essay that wasn't all rah! rah! and with as little sentimentality as possible. Out of everything I've published, I've gotten the most feedback from this--people telling me it helped them understand a loved one better, etc.…

anura

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still to early to dodge leaping bodies on misty roads at night

Any Fish On Sale?

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I have shellfish and sailfish

More Of My Dark Job History

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In my 14 to 15 year old life in the late 50s I worked as a clean-up boy in the neighborhood butcher shop up on 5th. Ave.,

Nathaniel

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sometimes i have to be in the other room just so i can breathe easy away from you.