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I enjoyed reading these, especially “Circumstances”. I’d like to read more of this writer’s work.
Well, Simone, he’s working now on getting a better Web presence but I do have a few more of his shorter works; and, here they are :-)
((All Copyright 2011 by Relish Resident))
She was set up with a small table in the middle of a city neighborhood whose Keystone had closed. She was selling tiny African flags, book marks, pins, literature, and thin silky scarves; the colors matched her eyes, lips, hair, and beautiful skin.
“You’re very pretty,” I said.
“I’m much more than that,” she said.
I nodded, moved along, and melted her into my memory.
“Dad it isn’t to hipster to love America like you do. Have you considered all the mean things we do and have done?”
The father looked at his college age daughter and continued to lift his front yard flag and pass out sparklers to the neighborhood children. “Honey, I do love America because not only can you say that, but you can help to change what you don’t like.” He handed her a sparkler. “And I know you will.”
His wife smiled at him and clutched her hands together so tightly that they trembled. The room was filled with invited guests, all there to watch her husband. She ignored everyone and looked straight into his eyes. He blinked four times, that was his promise. One for each year they were married. “I love you,” she mouthed. He closed his eyes and died. “Time of death 12:42,” the warden nodded. They closed the curtain.
A man that isn’t homeless stands near the ballpark for hours. He lives on a small army pension and is excited each month to dine at an inexpensive family restaurant. He points at it, “I am on top of the world for that hour. My friend Jackson cooks some serious meatloaf.” That same day, a man and woman exiting a BMW giggle, “We could go there for dinner, I’m sure they have a great chef on staff.” They also point.
THREE men bought FOUR items, charcoal, hot dogs, ground meat, plastic cups, and paid with a blue plastic card. They burned charcoal and drank beer. Later in the day their TWO girlfriends and ONE boyfriend came, that made SIX. They all got rowdy and shared laughter.The next week FOUR left for a war, TWO staid home, and TWO would never come home again. Eventually, FOUR stood in front of TWO cemetery stones in silence.
*The Wall Hanging*
“What if I fed you truth serum,” she asked her girlfriend.
“Then I would stop listening, and playing nice. I’d tell you what a selfish person you are,” she said.
“You just said it without the Serum.” They sat on a cream loveseat and studied plain walls.
“Fine put away your truth serum. The hell with the Hendrix print hang the Lennon one.” They cuddled and stared at Lennon.
My mother and father would drive all four of us to lake Erie for ice cream cones and to watch the sunset. We would eat tiny cones and watch the sun go from yellow to orange to red as it ducked lower into the never-ending water. My dad would sometimes put on old songs from the 1940’s and my sick mother would hold his hand. We felt like the richest family on earth.
I loved these too. I think “Jackon’s Meatloaf” and “Independence Day” are my personal faves. Thank you very much for sharing these pieces from an obviously talented writer!
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Well, Simone, I think you should sign-up for Second Life, let me introduce you to Relish at the Writer’s Block Cafe, sit down with a cup of coffee and some cake, and listen to him read his stories :-)
I tried to sign up a while back, but apparently I don’t have enough giddy-up in my equipment, or whatever the lingo is for that sort of thing. Maybe next month I can get an eight-banger with some get up and go. Until then, I’ll keep an eye out for his work.
Perhaps I can help a bit by having another post in the near future with a few more of his stories :-)
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