I missed her birthday. Even though I kind of have an excuse (I had to go to the ER for a kidney stone and was blotto on painkillers for two days), I didn’t call her after that either because, well, I felt like a jerk. That snowballed into putting it off, which further fed the … Continue reading An Ode to My Big Sister
The legend continues… The young man carried a pitchfork in his white-knuckled fists. Both he and the old man had startled violently from the unexpected explosion to the east, but the old man was just grinning now. The rumbling of the ground was followed almost immediately by a cackling voice over a loudspeaker — ‘I said knock … Continue reading Mama versus the Black Tentacles, Part 2
I asked the old man why he sat and gazed at the sea. After a pause, during which time I’d come to believe he hadn’t heard me, he spoke, without turning his eyes from the green waves rolling in across the rocky shoreline of Los Picollos. “Mi corazon…” he paused, sighed, and continued, “…ahogue.” I … Continue reading The San Cristóbal
“Maow” the impressively large cat said. He waited impatiently at the top of the stairs looking back over his shoulder. “What?!” Bud raged at the cat in mock anger as he walked over to him. “Maow!” Sometimes the cat got impatient. “Look now with the attitude, Tom,” he chided the cat, bending down to scratch … Continue reading Mama versus the Black Tentacles
There are many lips I’ve kissed yet still I wonder the taste of yours, what must be sweet beyond belief, so maddeningly out of reach — I’d give a year of my life for the memory.
You told me you’d been touched before, but you were pure and new beneath my fingers finding your stumbled past is no bar to grace.
I loved like a primal river, before man, before steel, a terrible raging wash where even monsters fear. I gave my heart without reservation saving none for myself, a bitter lesson learned like having my tongue cut out. I swallowed fire for you slept on beds of nails carved your name in my skin, smiled … Continue reading Until I Fall