Ethan’s king

His skin was layered thick with morter dried and crusted, lime embedded scrapes and cuts so when he stretched his palms the pain would sharply bite an instant, then wash dull and pulsing through his tired forearms to his chest and settle in has back where it would stay. He felt it like a liquid […]

Harper’s visit

Harper hung in cemeteries, where he rarely made a sound except the bending grass beneath his feet as he meandered between epitaphs. Each evening he would meet with ghosts who spoke to him from pearls of dew that perished in the dirt before he learnt their names. – April stayed out late as well but […]

Coffee stains

Some find their solace in means and escapes. Some find escaping their means gives them solace enough– His wife had golden hair that framed her face with swollen coils on Sundays when she prayed at church. Her jewelry stole the flames from candles on the alter, sharpened it on diamond facets and cast it back […]

Maury’s pitch

Above him, windows punched in columns of cement reflected gloomy skies and cables pouring voltage into offices of people trapped like mice. Maury wondered at the camber of the buildings as he walked, how they didn’t topple in the slightest quake. His interview began at 9, but he was early, so he searched their daunting […]

Deloris’s prayers

Hours passed, afternoon retreating making evening shadows on the walls of the cathedral where she prayed, and Deloris watched the crucifix. Fissures in the marble columns veined toward the ceiling where the frescoes painted long ago were thin and tired. Tapestries that hung since she was young, thick with dust, muffled sounds of traffic in […]

Calypso’s altar

He had a dashboard Jesus who he named Calypso, and he doodled lines in ballpoint pen between the pleats of Calypso’s robe while he sat in traffic. He prayed that the cars in front of him would move, that the seemingly endless line of taillights and blinkers drawing to a point somewhere near his exit […]

Walter’s ride

It was a neighborhood whose third story windows watched over children riding bikes that cost a month of paychecks. Every tree had flowers or fruit. “Apples?” Walter wondered. “Probably. They always have apple trees.” All the cars were either black or white, all of them imported. Not a single rotten board of siding. Not a […]