Monthly Archives: November 2012

A Little Thing Called Love

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The language between you and I,

Utterances of supreme pleasure

 

Gifts offered, once declined but I,

With all my hesitance, now I give over to you

 

That which proffers the inevitable

That which ensures my trust is secure

 

I am a hopeless cause where causes

Are concerned; my body lies at the edge

 

Of love’s crevasse, awaiting the fall,

Your name is on my lips

 

 

 

 

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Measured Response

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I haven’t posted a flash piece in a while so here goes:

Measured Response

“It won’t fit.”

Cara caught the smug tone of Everett’s voice when he said those words. She expected his lousy attitude, but that didn’t make it any easier to deal with. After 12 years of marriage, his negativity caused immense aggravation, more now than at any time before. But she persisted and asked him to try again.

“Did you even measure the space before you bought this monstrosity?” He stared at the new refrigerator standing in the middle of the kitchen, failing miserably to hide his frustration.

Cara’s patience was strained. “Do you always have to assume I’m an idiot? Of course I measured the space. You could have taken some interest in making the purchase of the new one, but then you’d have to take some responsibility for the damn thing not fitting.”

The delivery guys were hesitant to bring the refrigerator in to begin with after seeing the space it was to go into, but Cara told them to leave it there anyway. The dimensions were so close. She knew Everett could figure out a way to make it work. But Everett was being difficult and negative and expressing his “can’t do” attitude that made Cara want to throw her hands up in defeat. Of course, she wouldn’t. She was too stubborn to give in to him. Plus, she knew there had to be a way to make the refrigerator work.

She looked at the cabinet beside the space intended to hold the fridge and noticed the edge of the countertop overlapped the cabinet by an inch or so. “Can’t we cut the countertop off about an inch to get the space we need?”

“It’s not that easy Cara. You think you can just cut something off and poof you’ve solved it? The refrigerator is too wide by a half inch and too tall by 1.5 inches. Even if I did cut the countertop off, what am I supposed to do about the cabinet above?”

“Can’t you trim it, too?”

“I’m not a carpenter! You expect me to be able to fix all this shit – well, maybe I can’t!”

Everett’s temper rose to an unhealthy level. He threw his weight against the refrigerator and started pushing as hard as he could, attempting to shove it into the space until it was wedged in so tight it would go neither forward nor backward.

“Well, that’s just great. You’ve got it stuck now.”

Everett didn’t care to hear a word of complaint from Cara at that point. This is the way it always was with her, though. She never knew when to stop. She pushed him until he was ready to explode. He slammed his fist into the side of the stuck refrigerator, leaving a noticeable dent in the white casing.

“Look what you just did! Are you insane? Even if we wanted to return it, we can’t now!”

“We can’t anyway because I’m sure I just left a scratch all along the side when I shoved it in here.”

“I don’t understand you at all.”

“Well that makes two of us Cara, because I don’t understand you at all either. I’m not sure I ever have.”

Cara sat down in the floor. A strange, silly laugh escaped her lips that soon turned into a weeping cry.

“What? Now I get to be the bad guy who always makes you cry? Great.”

“No Everett. I just realized that this refrigerator is like us. It’s big and cold and stubborn and won’t fit where it should. That’s what we are – cold, stubborn, and we don’t fit, not together, not anymore.”

“What are you saying Cara?”

“I’m saying that you were right all along – it won’t fit. No matter how much you shove and push. No matter what you change or move, it will never fit. Just like us. All we’re going to do by trying to force it is cause more damage. Is that what you want to do?”

Everett looked at Cara. For a moment, neither one said a word, but they knew. It was over for them. Cara stacked the paperwork to the new refrigerator on the table and left the kitchen.

Everett fumbled with the tape measure and started to re-measure the white box in front of him.  Forget it… what’s the use?

 

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My Fair-Haired Boy

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Son, there is none more good –

You have a crown on that fair head

 

Strong and pure,

Loving through and thoroughly from your soul

My dear one

 

Pleasantness is your nature

Grace is on your side

 

All of this would seem to make you

Blessed, but I am the fortunate one,

For having the honor to carry you in my womb,

Care for you and be guided

By your example

 

My oldest inspired this – he is a gem, an old soul trapped in a young body. Not even a cynical writer like me can find a grain of irritation to write about today.

 

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Contractual Obligation

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Married a decade or so, but she never made him a home

Got kids and pets and duties, she’d rather moan and groan

Won’t pick up a dish, except to pile the food on high

Laundry’s left undone, husband goes commando most times

The floors haven’t been touched in long past several years

The bathrooms are perfectly conditioned to grow bacterial fears

Her old man began to possess the expected wandering eye

And she has the unbelievable audacity to wonder why

No matter, she’s stuck with him and he’s got her for sure

He said and dare I quote, “no one else would have her”

They put up with each other, for reasons left unsaid

It sure ain’t love folks – ah, unhappily ever after wed

 

 

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Story Endings

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How do you know when to end your story? With poetry, I seem to know. With my short stories, it’s a whole different game. Ask my editor, Scott Morgan of Write Hook. When I write a short story or piece of flash fiction, I like to ‘drop in’ on the story and then ‘drop out.’ It’s my style. It’s my way. My way seems to leave my endings a bit too abrupt. With the following poem, although it’s short, it felt done to me. I had nothing else to say that would add to what I’d already said. So, how about you? How do you know when you’ve reached the end of something you’re working on? Please share your pearls of wisdom.

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Traveling

Deepening that path rarely trod,

Fairly certain transgressions were never

Intended

 

We place our heads upon the grassy knoll,

Our fortunes unknown to us,

By day we speak in whispers,

By night we define the silence

 

Complacence shadows the ambivalent,

Quiet and graceful he stalks

Until he secures his place;

 

The faithful are few, go

Make your discoveries

 

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The Miles

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Satisfied and justified, the willful heart prevails

Across the miles, no matter that blocks stumble,

Difficulties challenge the peace of mind

 

Yet, we love; crave the touch of one another’s skin

Across the miles, no matter the spaces between

Us, wanting and defying the odds

 

Once more, tell me you love me, desire me

Across the miles, no matter how hungry the heart

Remains, borrow a little time

 

For you and I, the seconds pass

Across the miles

 

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Little

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It’s a little bitter pill that you’ve got to learn to swallow

He’s a little tiny man who only knows to follow

You fell for him, and he fell for you

Ties that bind unwind and undo;

Simple heartache for the simple few

 

Swirling, random pieces, made of cosmic dust

Thinking we matter, we only matter if we must;

Notice is given to the stars, their faces shining for the blind

Whatever is the matter? Is this a surprise?

Insignificant, tiny atoms on a planet made of many

Wear your $600 shoes, while little feet don’t have any

 

Grab, take, devour the downtrodden,

Walk on their backs in your pleasant greedy garden

Laugh at parties, sip your wine

Your fingers are nimble, your bones are fine

You’re as big as a mountain in your own little mind

 

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