Bin Day

I tear off a bin liner and begin in the kitchen. Spices we never used; asafoetida, saffron and zatar are trash. Saucers, sauce-boats and saucy fridge magnets. From the dresser; your late mother’s silver cruets are recyclable into solar panels. From the bathroom; lubricant...

Quest

The most skilled warrior in her homeland, Lea was called in to deal with the threat. It was a big threat, she was told. Perhaps the biggest she’d ever faced, the Leader had said. At first, she was dubious. She’d dealt with a lot...

Liberating

Dan’s worked out a search and capture mission to the largest tree lot in Oakland, where one tree won’t be missed. He’s done the preliminary recon. Gina will be look-out. He’ll snatch the tree and tie it to the roof of the car. “We...

Wimbledon 2019

(Image: davidkenny91/Pixabay) Jim Taggart was exploring Manila, Philippines, the country where his now-deceased dad was a POW in last World War. Jim was advised to stay away from certain troubled neighborhoods. One day, he missed a turn and ended up in a desolate area;...

Ghost

It’s ridiculous to think ghosts could be about in sunlight, but there she was. I had seen her before and I watched her out of the corner of my eye, while I sipped my coffee. She was openly studying me, so I turned to give...

Flint

Sam sees the flint head. Its fish-like shape reminds him of cat biscuits. The glass case steams up as his breath pours a fog across the surface and the flint head swims away. Salt water slides down his cheeks until he licks a drop....

Dolls Can’t Die

Decades ago, when I was a young woman, I suffered a miscarriage. After that, my mind was made up. Regardless of my enduring desire to be a mother, I swore never to put myself in the position to lose a child again. Instead, I...

Revision

Sine over cosine equals tangent. A fly is hitting the window, over and over, by his ear. The square on the hypotenuse is equal … Every time it hits, the buzz-drone jumps. He is staring at the pattern of its tiny marks, and imagining...

505 Streetcar

On Sumach, blinking strings of Christmas lights hung with old twist ties light the cracks in broken windows and split veneer, a half-moon is on its back rocking in the severe cold warning at the edge of the tenements near the misplaced Mercedes Benz...

Great White Shark

Sharks rarely attack people. But, when they do, you don’t want a top-of-the-food-chain great white. The great white will sever your leg in the blink of a cold, black eye. Probably swim off when she realizes her mistake, but life leaps away with the...

Enrique

Secretly, I feel there are two of me. The one you can see is fairly superficial but there’s this other more thoughtful one you can’t. A survival strategy. Since I arrived in the UK from Bogotá six months back I’ve been aware of this...

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