Stories tagged courage

(1) Nan

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[Her adviser] looked at her and tilted his head, smiling. Over his shoulder she saw the M104 bus cruising up Broadway, and considered diving under it. Instead she took off toward the corner, in shame, and he followed. When they parted ways, he took her ha

The Dance Begins

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the dance begins. Deeper. I dance. I am with you tonight.

Above the River's Edge

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On the plains there are no cliffs, no vast mountain ranges to persuade us that we were somewhere above the world. Yearning to escape the pull of the Earth was the big dream of a plains boy…


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i found bison, ostrich and deer on my plate tonight.


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He wanted to say the waves were colossal, but part of him didn’t want to scare them. He liked them being brave. He liked them being fearless.

How We Fight

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HORDES OF MEN desolated, struck down, destroyed, sunken form of skin and skeleton, bare cloth matted to torso, bodycage and hipbone, face and neck darkened, bloating to black, rain the endless dream stuck fast in the stone-dead skull and blood a fine sheen over all,…


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it happening again to me, preconfigured, a hedge bet, yet imminent as any memory.

Def Leppard

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Give us a second wind, Christ or else take it away,

Hunter, Fate, Food

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Turn up your collar

Elegy for Nelson Mandela

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For you, heaven.

Angel's Return

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I never looked at her face.

I Will Not Be That Woman

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Not today. Even when the Isar rolls so cool and deep and I could wade and wade 'til sleep. Not today. When I have the tablets in a drawer in a box winking chalkily at me. Not today. When the church tower soars and it's bells toll out a seductive beat …

Doubting Dylan

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Do not go raging into that bleak night,