Autumn Gazebo

Guys like me don’t usually do things like this, but I’ve been up since three o’clock, sitting here in the dark, waiting for the brisk October sun to retake its position above the day’s forecasted clouds. A pumpkin spice candle flickers on the kitchen table—the wax puddles beneath its wick. The TV is on, butContinue reading “Autumn Gazebo”

Love at a Cemetery

It was the bone-chilling Northwest winter of 1994 when I stood with my shaky hands folded before Granddad’s grave. I stared at his name with a million things on my mind. His name was Shawn Black. Even during prayers with Mom, I didn’t close my eyes; I was always thinking, eyeing everyone else’s closed eyes,Continue reading “Love at a Cemetery”

Bloody Secrets

Seasonal depression had me settled in bed for the evening. The day had released thick layers of white accumulating on roofs, cars, and walkways. Heavy pounding on the front door startled me to my core. I threw the wool covers off my body and scrambled to my feet, swimming for night pants and a robe.Continue reading “Bloody Secrets”

Rekindled Holiday Love

 The brisk December breeze carried with it flakes of the white kind. Sliding driving conditions gave me a ticket for reckless driving. Well, pardon me. The kitchen sink pipes froze ice to the led. I was good with my hands; at least that’s what she said. I kept her out of my head. That isContinue reading “Rekindled Holiday Love”

Jealousy

She loses her cool as if a rock tossed at a glass house,breaking through the tension of napalm skies,coming like a villain,staying like a lifesaver in the hills of California.Smoke billows through her flared nostrils.Embers hover under her eyeliner.When she slips through the door, calmness cascades in waves of dopamine, resting on the hillside. (©Continue reading “Jealousy”

Lake Love

Macy whisked me with her soft, pale grip. I followed the footsteps of her hourglass frame to a salty lake. A nervous smile in her enchanting eyes sparkled a clever disguise. Hearing but alibis hid white lies over the wind, whipping waves into a frenzy. There and then, Macy strips to her — I’ve neverContinue reading “Lake Love”

Stop Slamming The Door (Please Stay)

Drizzle slapped rattled windows, and joyless smiles in cracked slanted frames collect memories of dust to a heart of distrust, rearranging rusty door hinges on a careless phrase—beyond that of a shout—tucked in your back pocket, let out when you left just like before. Faces of traces of indecision send chills the length of myContinue reading “Stop Slamming The Door (Please Stay)”

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Winter Holiday

Snow had fallen to sheets of frightening, sliding driving conditions, wondering whether the Christmas tree lights would turn on at night. The pipes froze ice to the led. I read the words you said left on my side of the bed, and now red is what I see through a tall glass of blood-red wineContinue reading “Winter Holiday”

Coffee After Midnight (I Slept With Your Sister)

What the fuck am I doing here? I threw her satin blankets off my naked body and shuffled to my feet, shoving my feet in my jeans. I woke up in the wrong bed with the wrong girl—again. “Tell me how to change your mind?” Rachel said.“You can’t—”“Over coffee, after midnight,” Rachel said.The molecules raceContinue reading “Coffee After Midnight (I Slept With Your Sister)”

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