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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 […]


hardy word, fragile thinggiven warily, broken easily skeleton, from fleshy cocoon,tries escape, must flee threat level, red?! green?!color blind amygdala can’t tell sorry for the carnage


Paperwork my body Ink the what-fors, why-nots, and how-tos While I worry the  why-mes, when-tos, and never-dos until there’s nothing but lines and signatures a riddle; unsolvable Prison made of […]

Life with Poet

Sometimes easy to forgetThey see the worldMore, less, better, worseOther. See Overburdened words withNo meaningEverywhere Sometimes easy to forgetThey use two wordsand paint a thousandAs easy You say two and […]


A party her hand           drifts grazes your arm reassured You are near You are with           Her Your wry smile unwilling to  acknowledge […]