GO!

All year I’ve been on Tenterhooks. This is my last chance to warn Tokyo-Yokohama. The doom I dreamt maybe but a month or two away. Yet it is hard to breathe much less speak, for my intended audience are the people whose deaths I have mourned many years now. All I want to do is…

Prophecy

Echo I hear the echo all the stronger as people argue yell and fight. The murmuring of myriad voices even in the still of night. I feel them wash over me granting bits of foresight. What good does it do? People are moving mountains. Others can’t see but I can feel it. The pushing of…

Why Do Bad Things Happen?

Sated The smell of blood was overpowering and intoxicating, it made her feel alive. Within the demon, Ghostie felt everything the demon, Wane did. First there had been the hollowness without end and the gritty scraping of forcing itself to open its eyes and feel the pain to know that it existed. It seemed to…

What Would Jonah Do?

Or To be crazy or normal? That was the question that Jonah struggled with (and Moses.) Recently the last piece fell into place. Since the summer of 2007,  I have been haunted by a dream in which I come upon the burial site of millions of people whose metropolis has been swallowed by the earth…

The Blue Demon

Primp Younger daughter Emani, never took the time to primp. Not that she could if she wanted to. Older sister Ada was always there, in front of the mirror, fixing her hair, adjusting her sari. Jeweled necklaces draped Ada’s perfect slender throat. Intricately woven strands of gold encircled her wrists and sparkling gemstone flowers dangled…

My 9/11 Finale

September 11, 2014 Dear  ________, Now, my friend, comes the part about you. I know you are shy and would rather I did not mention you, but I simply can not. You are the key, the thing that made it all right. As I said before, even after my dream of meeting God and realizing…

When the School Bus Came

At the end of the summer 2001, I surrendered. I put both my sons into school against my own better judgement and wishes. I cursed the world for allowing my ex-husband (and all the others involved ) to keep me from doing what I knew was right. My severely autistic son did not get taken…

Red Letters

My neighbor started out by complaining about what my boyfriend had dumped in the compost. But it turned out that was only the tip of the iceberg. It turned out my neighbor had a long list of problems with me. I was okay with her list until she got to my son. My severely autistic…

Graveyard Dream

Ever fall asleep in a graveyard? I used to go there to get away from home, I had no friends. I would lay in the sun, my thirteenth summer, in the afternoons listening to the crows caw, wishing I could stay on that grave covered hill and never go home. Drifting off to sleep, I…

Threads of Bondage

May 2013, 1,130 workers died in the Savar building collapse. I remember seeing a man on the news yelling. He blamed the United States and our demand for cheap clothing. Pope Francis said, “A headline that really struck me on the day of the tragedy in Bangladesh was ‘Living on 38 euros a month’. That…

Darkness Falls

He was my daughter’s oldest friend’s father. I met him only once, but I think of him whenever I hear James Blunt. He even looked like Blunt. He looked at me like I was an angel, but I had no time. I was busy with my own kids. Walking them home from school., I worried…

Choose to See

When I was seven I liked a boy and that was not socially acceptable to my peer group. We, girls, were supposed to hate boys. So when I was noticed playing with a boy, I was chastised in the usual manner of seven year olds, with teasing. I knew the drill, I had witnessed it…