"What do you plan to do with your one, wild, precious life?" -Mary Oliver

Monday, September 24, 2012

The Snakeskin Road

Every writer has a muse
to probe the right side of the brain,
the forgotten truth
like the secret stash in a gourd,
an elusive wisp of memory
that has no name.  

I think for me it's thunder and conflict—
the fuchsia sunrise out one window
and a drowning sky the other,
conflicting scenes a writer commits to memory
      (if he is wise)
to set a stage.
But don't open with the weather,
the naysayers say. 

The gravel road shimmers like snakeskin in the rain.
It glances off the windows
like paint from the brush of a master.
Could we open with that?
It fills the nesting leaves of the cabbage
and the newly planted lettuce, thankful.
Would one care about that?
 
Clouds collide like passing freight trains
as summer gives way to autumn,
one pushing aside the other, like leaves
swept from the sidewalk
and spiders from corners.

We write in small spaces
and in the rain and in the dark
and in the morn before the house awakes.
When writing, we don't hear the rain
or see the spiders and the snakeskin road,
or care that the sky has turned from  fuchia to gray.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Made In Pakistan

She threw her Eddie Bauer and Land’s End catalogues
in the burn barrel—
cleft chins and pretty faces
burned beyond recognition,
like the workers in a building with no exits,
climbing past barred-up windows
to the top floor to jump.
In her sleep, eyes peer out of the closet
and charred hands rustle the fabrics.


It's fiction loosely weaved around fact, sadly so.

It's Friday, so write a story in 55 words then link to the Friday Flash 55 Host, the G-Man.



TGIF