Sun & Wind

same story, different poet – via Fables of Aesop A man whose cloak flowed raven black both Wind & Sun attacked— Riled up, the Wind blew, blew & blew with all his strength & will— the man did not release the cloak but held it closer still. That’s when the Sun poured down her rays […]

Two Freudian Dreams

Dream #1: I’m in a house that’s standing upside-down, shingled roof wedged weirdly in the ground. I’ve seen this house on many other nights. My love is there. We’re in some kind of fight. I lose myself, I’m dizzy, my eyes fail — then, when I’m finally returned to sight, despair descends. I see his […]

the crier

“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

word count: 246 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 […]

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

word count: 108 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 […]

the empress’ new clothes

word count: 97 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 […]

Gethsemane

word count: 105 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 rabid bloodthirst of 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 […]

Arachne

word count: 104 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 […]