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No More

Not seeing you again, A hard pill to swallow. Tears every now and then With sobs that follow. Passing through life with strength, Constantly get tired. The heartache has no length, And it won’t expire. I wish I could see you. Receive some more hugs. Have a dad to look …

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Poetry

Original Sin: A poem about a destructive doctrine

Baptize me in the waters of something other than this. Give me something more than this paper-thin sense that I am, at heart, some cruel mistake – some flat, un-yeasted roll or one of those stiff, ossified Gildan t-shirts, as long in the torso as it is short in the …

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Short Non Fiction

Obsolete Art?

Among gourmets, vintage defines taste. But it is about much more than taste. It is about tradition – some particular tradition of some particular vintner. Often, a particular legend goes with that tradition going back the ages. Wine-tasting is an art form – high art, maybe. This makes you wonder …

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Poems & Stories

Porto, Portugal: A Hidden Gem

Portugal is a beautiful European country located in the Iberia region, near Spain. It was part of the Roman Empire since the 3rd Century BC, …

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Lucio

I saw him for the first time when I began to frequent the bakery in the neighborhood that I used to go to in the …

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Short

Duke and Gary, actuaries for a large Portland insurance company, were having lunch together. As usual they were complaining about their treatment as short guys. …

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And The Beat Goes On …

And The Beat Goes On … But the same end awaits us all The struggles, the challenges, the burdens of life the daily strives that …

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Altered States

A few days after my wife Celestine died suddenly from encephalitis, I got a phone call that I suspected was some form of condolence. I …

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The Scouring Screen

They sit intimately together Upon a couch of fluff, The feathers of past life, And enjoy the lack of company. One is being entertained; So …

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Carvings of the Rainclouds

Suddenly comes large growths of low, rocky horns, A sight to behold by us looking down upon What seems to spark a fire just by …

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The Old Beggar

The Old Beggar

The beauty and freedom of Friday scented the whole air.I strolled down inhaling breaths of excellence through the famed Milford street,light blue skies stretched the …

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Wall of Words

Starry nights cave into the deep wilderness of my thoughts Where you stand once more awaiting me with open arms My mind has refused you …

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Trance

Welcome my penetrationAnd I’ll ease your frustration.I can be your fixation Indulge in my addiction.I’ll fill you with elationBut it’s a work of fiction. All …

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Dead Eye

Dead Eye

So as my emotional gulp slaps a drum beat to drivelling side stepsI sway toward a silver fold in the colorless cloud under nimbus nods …

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Emergency

911. What’s your emergency? Hello. I think I’m dying. Would you like to for me to send the EMTs? I don’t know. Can they stop …

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August 2017

I wish you were feeling my collarbones – instead of me, caressing myself in a diagonal chair – one leg about to snap, the other, …

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Christmas Wish

It’s hard to get in the mood for Christmas when it’s 80 degrees instead of 30, sand instead of snow, and palms instead of pines. …

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The Will Party

“I want my sister to get the kids,” Natalie said frankly, arms crossed against her large bosom, softly resting upon the round glass table. They …

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No More

Not seeing you again, A hard pill to swallow. Tears every now and then With sobs that follow. Passing through life with strength, Constantly get …

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How’s Your Writing Life?

When I was young, a neighbor had me impressed once with her wide vocabulary. She was mentioning words that I haven’t heard before. I felt …

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Thoughts of a Snowman

So happy there the boys and girls around me playing in the pure white snow under a vault so clear and blue. The same sunlight …

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Jen

Jen

I was wandering down the mall wondering what I could get for my wife’s birthday. She’s hard to shop for because Sally is very low …

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Body Shame my Hunger

Body Shame My Hunger

You say I am fortunate to be thin.You talk about my body like it is a gift,Granted to me because I was the lucky little …

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The Shriek

Kids have the craziest imaginations. They’re always making shit up, they think it’s funny. Anything that comes out of a kid’s mouth is probably just …

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Original Sin: A poem about a destructive doctrine

Baptize me in the waters of something other than this. Give me something more than this paper-thin sense that I am, at heart, some cruel …

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She Dances with the Devil

Every night, her soul leaves her bodyand dances with the devilThey hang on a string of moonlightand sway to a silent rhythm He loves hersometimes …

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Endeavors of a Broken Heart

You left me at my worst,while I was all set to hold you at your adverseSo now I have to trodden on the empty street,carrying …

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