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Flash (whiz-bang) Fiction

  Flash Fiction. No, it’s not about neked authors writing on the run (although it could be), it’s a writerly style. . One of the first known usages of the term “flash fiction” in reference to the literary style was the 1992 anthology Flash Fiction: Seventy-Two Very […]

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Isaiah Blue

have the skies been blue with intensity every eleven September? . or have I noticed  more? how tilted up beauty squeezes me closer. . new wine is found in the cluster, but don’t crush the blessing. with pain, . righteous pressings hide incense-burners, sacrifice- doers from His eyes. . […]

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Learning to Look

I want to remember to let myself be intoxicated in the present -the here and now- so I can see the beauty right in front of me. . But I’m learning to look out the windows, to talk to my seat mates, to stop and […]

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Slake the Depths

Regarding Cinderella stories – yet the characters, setting and plot may vary, the theme remains constant.   Poor girl is mistreated and unappreciated. She suffered loss. Hope is kindled through invitation. A helpful guide or magical creature appears. Poor girl overcomes and turns beautiful (which she […]

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20 Years Beyond Hope

My mom and I wore cowboy boots and held hands whilst we walked down the makeshift wedding aisle. Friends and family stood next to tan metal folding chairs and the August sun shone so bright that lots of guests wore sunglasses. Most invitees wore shorts, and besides […]

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Worn Out

worn out twice                   (the one that                             bares                               […]

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On the Line

  When I round the bend I’ll look up where our ridge line  kisses the morning sky. You’ll fly bareback on a steed. As long, black hair whips wild, you’ll chase the train. I’ll wave, but you won’t see me. And if you cry, I’ll not know. At the barn, you’ll find this note nailed […]

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Darlene’s Countrified Clothesline Advice

Dear Sophisticated Darlene, I’ve been reading your site for eons, okay, really, just for two days, but I’m super duper impressed with your wide array of sophisticated knowledge. I hope, hope, hope that you will pull my question from your frilly, ribbon-ensconced, satin-lined hatbox to […]

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Lines ‘n Racks

laundry laundry laundry on the line of summer’s breeze or winter’s wind. on the rack – draped just so, usually next to the wood cookstove. heaps stacks and baskets. before washing, it’s just piles of stink sweat, dirt, spills and other assorted humanly (or canine) ills, but […]

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Take Your Poet To Work – reporter on the scene

NEWSFLASH: There have been reports of multiple paper pocket poet peoples popping up all over the place. All over the workplace to be exact. For up-to-date information, we turn the newscast over to our country bumpkin affiliate’s self-proclaimed rough ‘n tough ruralite reporter. Forget Johnnyon Thespot, your […]

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Dawn Pulls

  while dew-hugged grass glistens, morning watches dawn pull on her golden dress glittering bits nudge nests, awaken birds to harmonize gentle in song damp laundry dangles heavy from the line dawn cracks herself wide, long “Embrace me!” “Embrace me!” morning answers, flinging words over his back “Catch me!” “Catch me!” she […]

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