The Crier (An Allegory About Social Media)

“Hear me, hear me!” all day long he cries, soliciting thumbs-up from passerby where the people are many & most of them cry just as loud—why he tries to be heard over the crowd is beyond me, but there’s always somebody responding. “Here’s my story!” he yells. “Nothing to hide! I’ll play-by-play till the day […]

Platonic

There is a cave where people are enslaved with manacles around their necks & ankles & made to sit silent & well-behaved beholding shadows cast from many angles. Eventually, one prisoner gets free & sees (in horror!) the machinery that’s been projecting his experience. He knows this is his disappearing chance & climbs out of […]

Rapunzel and the Mime

there was a solitary mime who built a tall, tall tower. he chiseled it 1 block at a time, polishing for hours. if you chanced to wander by as he worked (so intimately) you couldn’t help but wonder why his busy hands looked empty, shaping thin air with a craftsman’s care. one day a solitary […]

the ballad of Willie Lester

Willie Lester was a man who toured in Afghanistan; he left when he was barely 18. on that day, his mother cried with sunshine in her eyes; her son looked better than she’d ever seen. he was decorated some for how well he used his gun, but mostly for the lives he fought to save; […]

The Receiver

there once was a quiet dystopian town where the people had recently found one among them, from birth, had this uncanny gift: taking bad memories. he’d just lift pain from your brain like it was never there, each trace recollection erased. how it worked: this Receiver himself made space for your suffering in his own […]

the empress’ new clothes

creative con artists convinced the queen their smartest garments could only be seen by smart people—a bold, transparent lie, which no one had the balls to take the fall for unraveling, until a kid who didn’t think much of authority said, “hi, your highness! would you tell me why you give this generously to the […]

Gethsemane

Cold blood beading like sweat on his brow, he fell to his knees pleading, “Take my place, God, if you have any power now, & quench the bloodthirst ravaging my race! After I’m killed, they’ll only kill again, but maybe with your death, the killing ends.” The Lord supported troublemakers then, so before he felt […]

Arachne

before we had spiders, a girl at a loom stood weaving, unknowing, her 8-legged doom. the pride of her village, her spinning fingers flew left & right deftly—then, arrogantly, she challenged Heaven, feeling thirsty to see how close she’d come to immortality. gliding to earth, elegant as a swan, Athena touched toes to dirt & […]

Cheating Venus

the modest god of blacksmithing was husband to Venus, which, in my opinion, means he wielded a fine penis; but (being immortal) Venus craved variety, so with the violent, forceful Mars came impropriety. without missing a beat, the blacksmith took to his forge & forged a silvery net where two gods could be stored & […]

Cassandra

the swirling crystal balls she has for eyes brimming with the shape of the enormous wooden war-horse, she leaps at the king, shrieking shrilly, “listen! this gift will bring an end to us! don’t let it in the walls, or we’ll all die!” “be reasonable, Cassandra,” says the king. “i want to believe you. just explain […]

Sun worship

in antiquity, the sun was said to be a god (shaped like a man) who ran all day, cooled his burning feet in the western sea & came home with his rays docile & dim to his beloved, waiting there for him. he’d give her anything in his peerless power, which is what turned their […]

In Sparta (a true story)

In Sparta, in general, lived men of few words. However, whenever they used one, it burned. One day a tyrant, fresh conquests in tow, threatened Sparta by asking, “Will I come friend or foe?” Unamused, Sparta’s leader said: Neither. That’s when the conqueror’s patience wore thin. “If I ride in,” he warned, “with my brothers […]

Superman

possessed by the curse of being the best, he couldn’t help but help people in need. power like his was easy to use wrong, but Superman’s heart was bigger than greed, too big to let him sleep around or rest; he could barely go an hour without putting himself in harm’s way for a stranger; […]

Minotaur

Braced on all fours, sweat-soaked thighs spread wide inside a huge wooden cow’s belly, the Queen waits, shaking, for the mad, blind, grunting bull to force her full—screaming pain just might drown out her shame. Fast forward. She bore a mutant child (a boy from the neck down, with its horned father’s head) but she […]

Spider-Man

crawling up the side of a dark skyscraper with his back to the night at the top, he aims & shoots his web with a tap tap of two fingers & glides across the stars like a giant, silent spider on its thread he’s racing to fight the villain who kidnapped his love & closing […]

Medusa

Poseidon, Lord of the Seven Seas, stormed ashore boiling with lust into the temple where she was worshipping him & his massive suffocating body poured pushed pounded & consumed her; his roar deafening, she couldn’t hear but she could feel him forcing out her screams. What he left of her lay deathlike on the floor […]

Prometheus

Nicolas-Sébastien Adam My ancestors believed they were created out of red riverbed clay by Prometheus, a superhuman being. What possessed him to breathe life into us, just forgeries of himself, no one knows, but our creation brought him pride— so, the Lord Zeus let it slide. One winter, under cover of night, Prometheus climbed to […]