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My world is shattered. Isn’t yours?Don’t you walk on shards of broken glass?Each step painful and bloody?The taste of sweat and tears, salt and saltTeasing your tongue? Forgive me if […]

The Roar of Nothing

Night? Bedeviled and sleeplessConversation? Booby trappedWords? Confined and cagedSubstance? Forbidden to speak Guilt?  Envy?  Love?  Fear? Conspiracies and accusations pummel my skull Headache from the roar of…nothing

Half Dead Bird

Oh,I’m here again.Hard to seeuntil up close. At first,A “New And Exciting Place”,but no, nothing new“Same Old Same Old”.Fool myself I havesomething to offerbesides Great Friend. Hope, delusion reignuntil “he”– […]


I am Naïve, let me count the ways:I am Naïve because I believed that the slate was clean – this time when I knew it wasn’t, “it wouldn’t matter” when […]

Bean Sorting

[A short story, by Laylah Muran de Assereto (1996, rev. 2020)] Laurel always loved to cook. From her earliest years, the kitchen had been her playground. When she was six […]


Is it possible that you still haunt me?Haven’t I exorcised you?Convinced myself?That you were wrong for me?That we were wrong for me? Sorry, sad, pathetic youWho at 30, has not […]