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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”– […]

Naive

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 […]

Inertia

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 […]

Vulnerable

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

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 […]