100 Word Challenge: Surprise

I stayed up Tuesday night watching the U.S. Presidential election returns. I was hugely dumbfounded by the results, and more than a little uneasy over what that result portends. Donald Trump, millionaire businessman and reality television celebrity, will be sworn in as the 45th president of the United States on Jan. 20, 2017. The 100 days following an inauguration is […]

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100 Word Challenge: Voice

I Voted sticker

This week early voting began in my hometown. As I have in previous years, for local, state and national elections, I took advantage of the opportunity to cast my ballot in this presidential race. When I arrived, there were two people at individual booths filling in their ballots, and two people ahead of me waiting […]

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Behind doors of steel

steel doors

Caged behind doors of steel, Treacherous fools reside, A merciless monster they conceal. Abandon all hope prophesied If e’er the beast’s bonds are broken. That door cannot be fortified. Withered, wisdom forsaken; Atrophied, weakened beyond a cure Surrenders to loathsome aberration. Deity divine, a false savior Rising out of foul darkness, Corrupt agent provocateur. Demon hordes […]

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In too deep

creek running through green landscape

A black river snakes through a gullible landscape Dark and brooding, slick as oil History recounts an ancient evil rising unchallenged Ravenous, Treacherous, Blasphemous The monster dwells within its foul depths Loathsome and frightening, poisonous as plague An incubus lurking beneath the surface Watching, Waiting, Wanting Its prey wades spellbound into its shallows Mesmerized and […]

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Persimmon Joe

pile of gloves

There’s cold comfort in knowin’ that Persimmon Joe was wearin’ gloves when he froze to death overnight in Vagrants’ Alley. The only good that come of it was that the cops that got called to the alley said it’d make gettin’ his fingerprints easier, and maybe they could find out his real name. Maybe contact family, […]

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100 Word Challenge: Duty

Yesterday was Super Tuesday in the U.S., the biggest day for presidential primaries/caucuses, with voters from 16 states registering their choice for the Democratic or Republican candidates. My state of Florida begins a nine-day, early voting period this weekend and I will be dutifully exercising my right as a citizen to cast a preliminary ballot. […]

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Frozen

ice crusted leaf

A fine snow was falling, dusting everything with a light powder of white. A delicate border of rime formed on the remaining leaves on the massive oak in the quad and along its otherwise bare branches. It was a holiday scene encapsulated in a child’s snow globe. Except that it was the middle of June […]

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