universe composed
of the unseen, governing
life death existence

for Haikai Challenge


no fantasy in
the real world as brute nature
leaves all that to us

for Fandango’s One-Word Challenge

fork in the road

in life, we make decisions. go this way or go that way?

we make some decisions based on the promptings of our conscience. some are a product of spontaneous inspiration. Some are a coin flip.

this does not change throughout our lives. it is to be hoped that with age comes wisdom but there is no guarantee of this. anger, prejudice, or ignorance may overmaster our compassion or common sense.

mable, for example, joined a senior taggers group and was developing quite a distinctive style and a reputation for flair when her meth habit led her to a different group and a propensity for painting gang graffiti in heaven spots.

for Sunday Muse

learning about cigars

my partner is learning english. as a fun part of the enterprise, she has been studying idioms in the language. recently, she told me that what this country needs is a good five-cent cigar. she had been handed a cigar at work to which a tag was attached reading “Congratulations! It’s a boy!” and had responded “Close, but no cigar!” which got her a raised eyebrow from the new father.

She had stopped on the way home at our local smoke shop (which these days focuses on vaping and recreational weed) and picked up a couple of stogies. Each cost a lot more than a nickel. She was curious about the expression “Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar.” Hasn’t got back to me on her research on that one.

for Sunday Photo Fiction

till my dying day

I’ve just earned my degree from a prominent for-profit online university. As soon as I come up with $30,000 I’ll receive my diploma and be ready to get out into the community and begin healing the many psycopaths and fruitcakes that abound on the streets.

I can’t legally practice psychiatry but I can treat the deranged, as long as I don’t get caught, and I can prescribe medications (which I already deal).

The subject of my graduate thesis was When Folks Say “I won’t do such-and- such till the day I die,” Do They Mean It? I live next to the city’s largest cemetary, so for a year I went over and interviewed the bereaved on the subject. I had to put up with a lot of tears and some anger, but I got my stats.

10% of the dead used the expression when alive.

Of those, 75% did not realize that the day they died was going to be the day they died. Hence they had no opportunity to do the thing they weren’t going to do till that day.

Of those who knew they were going to kick the bucket on that particular day, and were correct, 60% did not do the thing they were not going to do till the day they died, even though the day they were going to die had arrived.

Of those who now were ready to do the thing they weren’t going to do till that day, 90% were unable to do it, physically. However, they were able to go on record as willing and wanting to do it, even though they couldn’t.

Of those who now were ready to do the thing they weren’t going to do till that day and were physically able to do it, 50% were restrained or otherwise prevented from doing it by their kin or medical staff. In one case, the restraint itself occasioned the party’s death.

Of those who now were ready to do the thing and able to do it as well, !00% did it, often to the discomfiture of their kin.

for the New, On-line, Unofficial Writers Guild


green things start to grow
when they come out from the snow
so then i must mow

for Weekly Terrible Poetry Contest


don’t share spiced rice
with your little boy bryce
baby’s wild howls
may be riled bowels

for Final Couplet