I’ve Been Called Worse – A Poem

Oreo – by city kids Brew Bear – in college Great hugger – by many A black Seth Rogan – by an ex Black – in my country Negro – by a blind man Gangster – by a stranger Homie – by my white friend My G – by a real G Dawg – whenContinue reading “I’ve Been Called Worse – A Poem”

Come On, Let’s Dance

Reunion weekend has begun in spectacular fashion. Social lubricants are being shared. Friendships almost forgotten, are being rekindled. “Hey, I’m gonna grab another drink some dirty air,” Derek says trying to get out of the conversation. “Dirty Air?” Tim questions. Miming smoking, “A cigarette, or better yet weed if I can find it,” Says DContinue reading “Come On, Let’s Dance”

Fly

“I wanna fly one day,” said Jimmy watching his stone skip out across Blue Lake. “What do you mean?” asked Marvin his little brother. “I mean one day I’m just gonna take off a fly! You know like a bird. No! Like Super Man!” Running with his hands in the air Jimmy continues, “Like this!”Continue reading “Fly”

The Box

“Why are you like this?” Tony asked his sister after walking through the door as she tore the cushions off the couch. “God Damnit Tony!” Tanya says throwing the final pillow at his head. “Where is it?” “Where is what?” he asks blocking the pillow with his hands. “The money and diamonds you nitwit!” sheContinue reading “The Box”

The Apple

“Today has been a good day,” Todd said to Karen who sat at the break room table engrossed in whatever was on her phone. “What are you talking about? Ten people just got fired,” said Janine from the sink as she rinsed her coffee cup. “Aren’t you worried that you’ll get fired?” Todd laughed, grabbedContinue reading “The Apple”

Rehab

“Hey Ma, What are we doing for dinner?” I ask head back with feet up, scrolling through my feed. No one responds, “What are you thinking Hen?” Their silence continues. Looking to Jimmy across the fake bear skin rug, his eyes were sad. He looks back to the TV. Some yuppie in a lab coatContinue reading “Rehab”

Thirty Minutes

“How much time do I have doc?” Stephan asked watching the snow fall through his reflection. Dr. Kliddle cleared her throat, “It’s hard to say. We don’t get many people in here with half of their torso missing,” she says pausing to clear her throat again, “Frankly, I don’t know how you’re still alive. YouContinue reading “Thirty Minutes”

A Pain in the Heart

Harrison takes a drag of his cigarette, “I broke someone’s heart today,” said before his exhale. Chelsea asks, “Why?” as she sat on the swing. “I don’t really know,” he answers taking the swing next to her. “So you broke her heart without knowing why,” she says surveying the empty playground in front of theirContinue reading “A Pain in the Heart”

Simmer

From the home security camera in the corner of the kitchen, “A dash of salt, pinch of pepper, and cover the pot. He loves this sauce. It takes forever to make. But, boy does he go nuts for it,” says Charlie with a self-satisfied smile. “What’s the occasion?” asks his mother through the propped upContinue reading “Simmer”

A Cup of Tea

Sitting on the curb with her hands covering her face, tears streamed through her fingers. I walked up to give her a cup of tea. The lights from the first response vehicles lit the night. “Here you go Kim,” I say standing in front of her holding out the cup. “What?” she asks startled, lookingContinue reading “A Cup of Tea”