Arthur (part one)

    The Folly Calmacott’s Brother     Arthur   They do not often wish to hear, the ordinary man’s Tale, though I suffer Though I share…Henry Calmacott, is it? Sir, with one or two well-padded aldermen The company of the heathen damned Came to that harsh resolve much sooner than I’d guessed Would cross […]

Her Stay: Haunt of Thieves

    Haunt of Thieves Her Stay   Water weighs the yoked woman Stooped among refugees crowded here Not threatened by grenades hurled from the sentry box They let this trafficker within the gates pass She may return Water she bears reached by a path of heel marks Baked in the mud and useless in […]

My Blog Week: Oct 21 to Oct 27

All the Latest from Torsade!                       It’s the end of week two of Blog Care; I’ve got shy of a hundred posts gone through, and several pages. This Monday’s post was Haunt of Thieves: The Bride; Tuesday, Sequence of Events, with chapter five concluding, Nora […]

The Farmer’s Wife (part two)

    The Folly Calmacott’s Brother     The Farmer’s Wife (part two)   While I bent and cried, right hand Rising to the hammering of my heart Glass out of frames and littering the gravelled floor I cared more for Arthur’s blaming me Says the music makes me deaf His cuttings in their boxes […]

The Farmer’s Wife (part one)

    The Folly Calmacott’s Brother     The Farmer’s Wife (part one)   Mathilda Arthur, you have fallen far behind Chair pulled near the gramophone, needles busy Nellie Melba singing God save the king Seems busy, knitting…quiets the mind But that’s not doing your chores, girl Get out. Get out now. His pigeons, them […]

La Catastrophe de la Martinique: twenty-seven

Jean Hess La Catastrophe de la Martinique (twenty-seven)                       Two Legends  The miraculous prisoner and the two gunners   Here is an extraordinary story, that of the prisoner, Auguste Sybaris. But, I do not suppose that M. Clerc believed it true, for M. Clerc is […]

Calmacott’s Brother (part two)

      Author’s note: This gentleman turned up in the background of my first illustration for Calmacott’s Brother, so I’m letting him have his moment.     The Folly Calmacott’s Brother     Calmacott’s Brother (two)   It was full dark by that time We were not prisoners, only crippled men Most, pleased enough […]

Sequence: Rite of Spring (part two)

Sequence of Events Chapter Five Rite of Spring (part two)           Oh, holy crap, Gersome said to himself, again. Am I in school? Zeda Van Nest leant forward, fingering, with an absent expression, the glass to which her husband had drawn attention. Gersome presumed this only a mannerism, but wondered if […]

The Bride: Haunt of Thieves

    Haunt of Thieves The Bride   All that promised love The slaughtering of her house perfection Of its kind His knowing her this way, exclusion, even language Only famine, or delirium…newly colored Then promise was this sheer ravine That forbade crossing But by inches It must be Toe by toe   One moved […]