Music to the Silent Spirit (poem)

  Music to the Silent Spirit   Each time a scale was shed The poor belabored beast re-shod And every time the winch was turned A sleeve-end drawn and bunched The chain’s links locked A shocking tragedy   Unwanted weight dislodged with a careless turn Slumps from the precipice and polishes The surface like the […]

Episodes (poem)

  Episodes   city life thickens the plot confined To a living room parochial A heavy laugh-track, man and wife Taped to the carpet apron to tie Before a sofa black and white “Mess this up, I’m gonna kill ya!” “Try it and yer on yer own!” Ha. The kitchen through the window By fire […]

Tried in the Fire: Inimical (episode twenty-three)

Inimical (episode twenty-three) Chapter 10 Tried in the Fire         “Now all is finished one’s mind will be easy,” said he, and came home in the evening quite sleek and comfortable. The mouse asked what name had been given to the third child. “It won’t please you any better than the others,” […]

My Blog Week: March 11 to March 17

All the Latest from Torsade!                   This week, in A Figure from the Common Lot: Jerome (part four), Anne’s betrayal and abandonment of Honoré Gremot ends with his placement in the poorhouse infirmary. Monday’s installment of Inimical recounts Kneussl’s despairing memories of the Great War; on Tuesday, a new […]

Jerome: part five

  A Figure from the Common Lot Jerome (part five)           As Mr. Nash moved to lead his visitors back up the ward, Scheinholt’s colleague dropped behind. To Jerome, he said, in a carrying voice, not concealing his purpose, “Mr. Jerome, is it? Are you comfortable here? Do you find yourself […]

Advice for Misfits: The Snobberies

  Advice for Misfits The Snobberies and the Scenarios  Intro:       Change comes about when complying with a new idea is more rewarding than defying it. The reward may be pure gain (spring-cleaning your closets to earn a few bucks at a yard sale). Or, procrastination may reduce reward to alleviation, of nuisance […]

Are You Loveable: part three

Are You Loveable (part three)       She appeared in the doorway. “I was going to ask if you wanted saltines with your lemonade. Did you track?” He massed into the space that led from the living room to the kitchen, filling it, as Daisy, seeking dirt, attempted egress; for a moment, Oland and […]

Considerations Beyond Understanding: episode twenty-two

Inimical (episode twenty-two) Chapter 9 Considerations Beyond Understanding       Trenched in at Galicia, he had risen cautiously from a sheltered position to meet a telegrapher’s runner bearing a message…the message might have been anything. Keeping low, fearful of the sniper’s bullet, he had reached out his hand. A shell had exploded, almost overhead. […]

The Folly fifth arc: The German Spy (one)

  The Folly The German Spy     Perhaps a Pair of Eyes   Can a man in Tattersby’s estate Plant his feet and lift the standard Do we contemplate to name this tidal movement (a little shaver chipped from the block of ancient manners) The Modern Chivalry Dames to entertain the dropping of a […]

Now Requesting Action (poem)

  Now Requesting Action   All places unbelongers unbelong Equally are home, all household words Equal to expression of mundanity Unworldly this household is freeheld Like the angle of a cell constructs a shell Like a marriage of two fiefdoms must Superadd a garment to a crust The foot inside the boot sold for a […]