What can YOU say in six sentences?
"For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son," offered up to suffer humiliation and torture for the soul's edification.
When Charles Darwin's daughter, Annie, died at age ten, he wrote, "We have lost the joy of the household, and the solace of our old age."
The fruit of the tree of knowledge is sour even as it lifts us up in flight. The ocean's surf speaks in the same voice as the wind across the mountains or the blare of sirens announcing…Continue
During the evening hours, our local cable access channel shows astronauts floating weightlessly in the cluttered monochromatic cubes of the international space station. Computer graphics of Saturn's rings, star clusters on the far edge of some billion-dollar telescope's range, elliptical tracks of elemental objects from the other side of the galaxy and beyond. Engineers chatting casually at mission control, which always seems somehow understaffed. Tonight there is a long stationary view…Continue
They gather around his bed as the fever peaks, and he draws back, half-recognizing them, demanding to know who they are and where they've come from.
The youngest of them, a boy with a bruised face and eyes aswirl with half-begotten galaxies, tells him, "We're the ones you never got around to writing."
He recognizes them now: the high-school teacher with the secret abilities and the inability to keep secrets; the slinking nocturnal thing made of leather and…Continue
So now we enter the phase of the national boo-hoo where we all point fingers and cry out: "Why?" I'll tell you why: Because any asshole can walk into a sporting goods store and buy a gun with a 31 round clip.
Before you get all defensive, I know, I understand, the majority of voters in this country have of our own free will affirmed time and time again that we're perfectly willing to live with mass murder as long as no one restricts our access to our semi-automatic security…Continue
Your unblemished unruffled wings, your hammering heart beneath my thumb--
these were the first signs I would wound you,
and this would prove my undoing, this great foreknowing, the truth that rides astride:
That only a fool's hands can shape the world entire; only a fool's hands cage the world's great lie.
The wise man he outgrows his wounds, never casts his eye behind,
but I recall the back of every hand, each reject tossed aside.
Delivered into this world at the flashpoint where bitter fury and zealotry turned to blood and ash, she might have seen the stunned thousands heading in the other direction and called out to them: "I swear I will try to make things better!"
At some point on that long infamous day, her mother might have said, Please, turn it off, I only want to look at her.
Whatever the reasons, it seems apparent that Christina Green was a kid who saw her destiny as a…Continue
Mother sends me with jugs for the water truck before dawn, and by the time I'm headed back home a crowd has gathered in the village square. During the night someone has nailed a sheet of paper to the door of the bombed out shop that used to sell vegetables, a list of names and a warning that those named should flee by sundown or else face the consequences. Someone sees me standing there and knocks the jug out of my hand; someone else spits on me.
When I arrive home…Continue
Barnes & Dagger
Of course I remember her. She came in every couple of weeks and the guys who work here always mentioned her, the pigs, but I spoke to her a couple of times myself and she was real sweet, not uppity or full of herself like some women who have that kind of look and dress that way can be. Then the agents came and interviewed us all and told us not to talk about it but since it's on the front page of the newspaper I guess it's okay. Just…Continue