Sunday, June 26, 2011

Monday, May 16, 2011


If you’ll just give me a minute, I’ll be done.

A minute passed and still nothing was finished. A year later some movement happened and everyone thought highly of that. They peeked over his shoulder and saw a blank slate. How disappointing, they thought.

Just give me a minute and I’ll be done.

Another minute passed and another year with it. He had concentration on his face, intensity in his eyes, and nails between his teeth. They admired how busy he looked and took a peek. The slate was still blank. This is just depressing, they agreed.

A minute – just a minute – is all I need and I'll be done.

A minute passed and a year and another year and by this time they lost track of the exact time and lost interest in him. He looked so busy, so intense, so focused, yet his slate was blank. They moved on without a word.

I’m done.

He finished sometime in the night, alone. Everybody was gone. He looked over his slate and liked what he saw. He set it aside and grabbed another slate. His brow furled, his jaw tightened, his teeth clenched down on nails as he began again.

Just give me a minute.

Friday, April 29, 2011

Saturday, April 2, 2011


He kept his dreams to himself no matter how often they asked. Speaking about dreams did nothing to elucidate, rather it pushed them away, made them incoherent, destroyed the sensations. He knew that Candy Cat and the Batman People held no place in the tangible world of the waking. He preferred to remember them as they were, with bumblebee eyes and grand, shiny back-smiles. They would spend hours telling him all about their dreams, which he sometimes found dull but mostly licentious. Their dreams belonged to them as his did to him.

When finally forced to relent, he often used the pithiest descriptions available. "Good dreams last night," he would say. They pressed for more. "Oh, I went to the park," he offered, "and there was a puppy and then I woke up." After using the puppy dream a time or two, they began to worry that he was in suspended adolescence, he desperately needed companionship, his loneliness was overwhelming, he was a pedophile looking for romance. He loathed amateur analysts who wanted only fodder for gross interpretations of what he found simply to be great adventures of inanity. Eventually, he told them that he had stopped dreaming years ago. This disturbed them more. He went back to the puppy briefly, then used the old trope of falling from a great height. The analysis subsided.

He found his dreams began to linger when he woke. They stayed in his mind and back pocket through the day. Upon his next sleep, they left him. Occasionally he wished he had held on to them for one more day, remembered them as they were, and found why they lingered. Instead he reminded himself that he put no stock in dreams and kept his dreams from himself.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Jet Propulsion

She sent me spinning, gave me dreams of centipedes and long, dizzy trips round red rocks, and threw me over clover cliffs. Symphonic oboes bleated cacophony from her little baby 'goodbyes.' Velvet bits of skies draped my eyes, rubbed blue, violet, and traffic cone orange across my horizon, mummified me, and twirled me topside over. Mysterious salty-sweet sensations slid along my lips. I craved water and she dangled it before me. Every time I reached she spun me round -- and reach and round and reach and round and reach. One last flip and flat on my backside I landed in a sit. She was gone. My head still spun though my body sat still. All around me flitted down velvet bits of a newly flipped sky.

Monday, March 7, 2011

Doodle Game #1

Gummy shoe sm

Our souls feel awful sticky

Like bubble gummy icky

Clinging to the bottoms of our shoes

Found a quarter but it's a nickel

You're acting something fickle

For someone playing Candyland to lose.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Abbey Inn

A pink petal fell from her fingers and drifted to the untended grass below. She eyed its descent thinking momentarily of reaching, but opting to not. She preferred peach to pink. Peter often challenged her discernment between the two, especially in petals. Those times she preferred Paul to Peter.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Red Tomato Rage

His face showed flush amplified by the streak of ketchup across his cheek. She chuckled as she took a bite of the wicked weapon. He had been slapped with plenty of gloves, many belts, and the occasional haddock, but never with a french fry. She chewed defiantly in the face of his glare. The smell of the ketchup rose to his nose. He slowly wiped it away without breaking his stare. She broke first and turned to chat up some other sap. He glanced to his hand smeared red. Some tomato gave its life for this, he thought.

He looked back to her. Red permeated the air between them. Not anger, he thought, not rage; he knew those well. This dug down some deep new place. He could always slap her back with one of her own french fries, a slab of his steak, or a good handful of mustard. Insufficient options every one: he needed more.

He could drench her in sauces of all colors: reds, browns, yellows, the green stuff with the funny name. She would be sopped head to toe in savories and sweets. Her clothes stained all colors of the rainbow. Her hair dyed ten tones of gourmet accoutrements. Her eyes, her ears, her nose, her mouth all filled full with ketchup, salsa, mustard, hot sauce, syrup. He could empty the table of its complimentary condiments in the name of vengeance and leave her a sopping, sobbing mess.

He could do all that, but he wouldn't. In angry days vengeance was swift. This time, however, all he could do was look. She slapped his face with a french fry and paralyzed him. She could glow tomato red and grow potatoes from her head and he would only sit and stare. She made me useless, he thought, pointless and useless.

She looked back at him and recognized his immobility. Neither said a word. She arched her brow. He swore he saw her float for a second, just a second. She looked back to her plate of french fries and half-eaten chicken club. He took up his bill and walked to the register. He paid, left, and never ate french fries again.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Gluey Lips

For all her effort and will, he would not open his mouth.

Speak to me, she pleaded. Just a word is all I need.

Neither teeth nor lips parted for her. He would not budge.

Is it peanut butter? she asked. Or glue? That has done this to you.

He gave no reply. His mouth stayed firmly shut.

I'll pry you open with my crowbar, she warned him. I will go sooooo far to get you to talk to me.

He said nothing. He sat and stared.

She ran circles around him shouting, TALK TALK TALK! Till she tired and slowed to a walk.

He was mute.

Do you have nothing to say? Just give me a nod, she told him. Please, God.

He looked at her and pushed out a tight little smile. He opened his mouth the tiniest bit and pushed out, Sorry. His mouth closed again.

She stared at him for a moment and then sat next to him. They stared off together. Neither one said a word.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Play Me Songs

He plinked out notes on an upright piano.

Play me songs, she said. Songs I can sing to. Songs I know.

He played a brief melody that she thought she knew. Just as she caught it and began to hum along, he went right back to plinking.

I knew that one, she said. Play it again.

He played a new tune that she knew she knew. She caught it quick and hummed right in. Then he changed it. He changed keys. He made it minor. He smothered it with dissonance. She lost the tune and he went right back to plinking.

That was my favorite, she said. I want to sing to something. Play me something good.

He played a tune she never heard before. She sat and listened, imagining she knew it.

I don’t know this, she said.

He kept on. He repeated phrases. He came to the hook. She hummed the bits that stuck with her.

Who is this? she asked.

He made it to the bridge and paused. He plinked for a second.

That’s not a real song, she said. Is it?

He plinked a bit more and then into the bridge. She swayed. She hummed. He hit his crescendo. He resolved. He stopped. She stared.

Play me a real song, she said.

He looked at her. He looked at the piano. He plinked a note, then another and another, plinking note after note. She sighed.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Red Candy

Rolling softly between her fingers a pair of Twizzlers waited to meet their destinies. She made them wait for nothing more than to glare at him standing just a ways away. Finally a nibble came and they felt no pain, no more than he standing just a ways a way. She never cared much for Twizzlers -- the feeling was mutual -- but she needed whatever she could find to roll soflty between those fingers and nibble just to make him wait, make him squirm, make him keep away just a ways away. She swallowed down that bit of Twizzle -- still feeling no pain -- and reached to bite again, when, he started towards her, moving in a bit of his own, closing in a bit too close. She stopped mid-gape, glanced to her Twizzled friends, whom she had never much cared for and the feeling was mutual, rolled them softly between her fingers, and looked back at him closing in a bit too close. She let her fingers fall lax and the partial pair of Twizzlers fell softly to the floor, feeling no pain, approaching their destinies. He closed in a bit more. She never once glanced at the floor. She never cared much for Twizzlers, and so they went and their destinies they met.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Richard the Ninth Dreams Big

As a child, Richard the Ninth dug three holes to spend in his time in for the three whole days that he was grounded. The first hole was Richard the Ninth's least favorite until he spent time in the second hole, which then became his least favorite, though after spending time in the third hole, Richard the Ninth dubbed that his least favorite. He could not say what made every hole his least favorite, but knew right awway that he loathed worms more than any other legless creature found in nature, even more than the snake, the skank, and, yes, the crisp. On the fourth day, Richard the Ninth filled the holes and vowed never to speak to another worm again.

As an adult, Richard the Ninth built a home at the bottom of a valley from the belief that landslides and earthquakes affected only those who lived atop mountains. What Richard the Ninth failed to realize was that the valley was a public park and, also, located just beneath a flood plain. Fortunately, out of habit, Richard the Ninth waterproofed everything he touched. Unfortunately, out of fear, he had never learned to swim. Richard the Ninth spent many nights atop the roof of his valley home until one night he made a crucial decision and abandoned his abode. Learning as much as he could from this life lesson, Richard the Ninth built his next home on the edge of a desert cliff many miles from civilization.