Haunt of Thieves: War-Making

    War-Making   The blue soldier’s tunic Dangles a last brass button as though the gamble Of trade advances nothing where an unhoused man can look able to shift a pallet of brick, he commands the only currency And pallid sick, blue in the face with sunken chest Breeds invitation to a potshot He […]

My Blog Week: Oct 28 to Nov 3

All the Latest from Torsade!               Vote, Everybody!         This week ends Blog Care, and Monday begins Neglected Projects Week. I still have plenty of posts to review, but I’ll scale that back and work again on writing. I will still be posting The Folly, and […]

Henry Calmacott (part two)

    The Folly Calmacott’s Brother     Henry Calmacott (part two)   She is a young woman still. Thirty or thereabouts, I’d guess And when I’d walked out with Bess, once Or twice Met her down the Ram’s Took her to the picture show Right enough in the head, those days. Jealous though. Now […]

Henry Calmacott (part one)

    The Folly Calmacott’s Brother     Henry Calmacott   Spirits have been called, the way lies open Waves of interruption, raucous shouts and song First one cry is heard and then a chorus Comes again, while the host’s eye resting on Henry Calmacott, observes a warning sign Thus bright of voice, to the […]

La Catastrophe de la Martinique: twenty-eight

Jean Hess La Catastrophe de la Martinique (twenty-eight)             And we will linger no longer in discussing the improbabilities, the crying impossibilities. Auguste Sybaris produced for me, simply, the effect of a pillager who, surprised by fire while at work prematurely on a bit of safe-cracking, had wanted to explain […]

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 […]