The horse had been beaten and flies crawled on the beat marks.
End of October, days recede quickly into night. Leaves fall in slow motion.
My son trims a curtain of lashes, immures them into a stray year.
The almanac tells them when the moon passes into ghost weather.
I was enraged at being alone on the outside of all that love and lust.
I shoved them one by one, easy as pie yet with care, just shy of mercy.
Life, then, was song and purple font, imagining in words a future.
The hawk moves out of the way to let a little hot package of breath rise up.
They went to pray for the dead. It was important to shed some tears.
Felicia knew why he was there. He was waiting. Waiting for her.
Have two children to keep around the house in case one goes missing.
We are in his car. “Bell, I’m starving. Want to go for a burger or pizza?” I panic. Pizza. 285 calories per slice. Burgers. Harder to estimate.
I can see on him how things are changing for and against us.
My daughter’s favorite game is Holocaust. She’s quite inventive.
Royal baby George is tucked in the crook of his mother’s elbow.
Two weeks after she and Mark were married, Hannah fell in love.
Some inner voice told her that now or never her fate would be decided.
The allure of Mardi Gras is to feel this way: unseen and unseeable.
A boy watching another boy lucky gets an ache. That is a small motor.
A father peeled the night / from another midnight & begged / me to lie
For me, Selweh was the real magic. She was nothing like my mother.
When he had passed from view, I stumbled back from the window.
In a way she enjoyed the slow, sad feeling of letting it go.
I have, in the long solitude of my body, asked for something else.
How much simpler and more satisfying was the company of men.
My bike, my skinny body, my pent breath was thrown to the grass.
The tree was shaggy and it bore scars of shrapnel from the war.
I was convinced she’d be back in the morning, like the sun.
I was writing copy for cheapo furniture for a crummy ad agency.
She remembers that golden ocean, the promise of a whole new land.