Saturday, July 22, 2017


The Last Time He Took

Meticulous Inventory

Rhett Butler emerged
with sexy authority.

Such hot
fun! But

on this occasion,
anxieties edged

and thudding
will inevitably re-

assemble a shattered
assassin. And yet not

to finish
is itself


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Friday, July 21, 2017


Accidental Reunion

After All These Years!

Please don't be crazy!
Requested Margot.


you know Heck.

Did his thing.

Until we all cried.

And he laughed.

Then Margot spat
of us all!

One by one.

Not sparing herself.

Never sparing herself.


No one had the courage
to be her.


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Thursday, July 20, 2017


Death and Worse

-Made a comic quartet in college.

-How so?

-Negotiating. Who'd marry whom?

-A settlement reached?

-Well, Cynthia was the pretty fly
in the ointment--why it took
so long.


-The opposite. Unrelentingly sweet!

-Uh huh? Met the type. Then one day
she takes the legs out from under
you with a snarky comment that
exposes you to a lifetime of ridicule!

-Not her.  Zero defects. She'd turn
the devil himself into an absolute

-At any rate, the story isn't about
Cynthia turning hard?

-Nor Grace attaining Cynthia's perfection.

-What did happen?




-But how...?

-There's a technical medical term, but...she sweeted herself to death, really.

Mark devastated. Hit the bottle.

-And Grace?

-Practically killed herself to become
as Cynthia!

-Did she?

-Got close. But as Fate would have it,
a monster entered! Still prevails.



-Not that!

-Happy didn't follow Mark on the Bottle
Trail, but...


-Barely. "It seizeth my waking hours,
and harroweth my nightmare sleep!”

-Very nearly Shakespearian.

-On a bad day, yeah.
Finally...he quoted Kurtz in
Heart of Darkness.

-The horror?

-Yep. Said nothing else after that.

-Some story! I'm shaking!

-Cynthia was well-insured--some

-But no firm underwrites PMS.

-Would ruin them!

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Wednesday, July 19, 2017


Yip and Hoke

-Commercials came on, almost blew me out
of the fuckin chair! I hit the Mute on the remote,
but didn’t work.


-What the fuck does that mean?

-I had an idea when I started, but lost it.

-Mind’s a terrible thing never to have.

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Tuesday, July 18, 2017



Always a mistake
to be

where shots fired,
whether last

urban scape
or tru-

er war zone. E-
ven so mired

mid newest passel
of gun-waving rubes.

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Monday, July 17, 2017


Why Republicans Love Rural Places

The women too crushed
to be coy.

The men devoured
by opiods.

The clergy rushing bib-
lical tricks

to line both up
come election time.

And everyone knows how
to fish.

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Sunday, July 16, 2017



No...real one

-I wanna ride to the ridge
where the West commences.

-Leaving in the icky-sticky dust
all the East’s Fainting Fairies?

-I’ll never understand them boys!

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