Status Report

“How are you?” Rick said. “And don’t say ‘surviving’.” Dana looked at her long-time friend’s face, with raised eyebrows, wide eyes, and pursed lips. He cared. She scanned the crowd at Coffee Beans Et Alia. It was a busy day and there were a lot of people to scan. “Dana?” “It’s not easy to talk … Continue reading Status Report

The Principles of Trees

The sun was weak, and a frigid wind blew across a tree branch that was an ulna without ligaments set obliquely across another tree. When the axes came, the trees adjusted their circulation to avoid the checklist of cuts. Alas, a lone survivor was helpless against the guilt of uncut bark and could not forget … Continue reading The Principles of Trees

A Strange and Mournful Day

I hold your childhood in my cupped hands. I bring my hands to my chest, and slowly open them. The treasure floats free and soaks into my flesh and passes through my bones to rest in my heart. Yesterday’s treasure was memories of your younger sister. What will tomorrow’s treasure be? I will hold them … Continue reading A Strange and Mournful Day