A Natural Arrangement

A Natural Arrangement

The caress of the morning call yanks my soul. It screams for attention. I cannot tell who calls whom or why. Beneath me, the dusty…

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Rabbit Bone Pink

Rabbit Bone Pink

“One of us should live here some day,” Dinesh says, gazing up at the ceiling in the living room of 42 RC. His sister, Sathya,…

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On The Prowl

On The Prowl

The tightening in the center of my back and a slight tingling sensation inside my nose let me know that she had arrived. Mid hug with…

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Checkpoint 104

Checkpoint 104

In the dusty, windy hills above Bethlehem, she drove alone along the lonely by-pass road leading north from Wadi al-Arayis toward East Jerusalem. It was…

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They'll say it was an Honest Mistake

They’ll say it was an Honest Mistake

“Yo, J, Got a light?” I pulled the convenient store lighter from my pocket with finger cutoff gloves. My nails were blackened from the shop,…

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In Gresham

In Gresham

Temperature hit one hundred, making our third floor apartment close to like Hell. I spent the day with Ben in the playground, leaving him under…

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The Almost Mother

The Almost Mother

The Almost Mother sits with me on a park bench, smiling to herself, humming a lullaby, while she looks for children to trip. A strange…

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Summers of Solitude

Summers of Solitude

I grew up afraid of asking questions, afraid of being curious. It still affects the way I live. Any time I crossed that line as…

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Rumsey's Watch

Rumsey’s Watch

Walter looked at his watch, the warm sun reflecting across its silver blue dial into his eyes. The second hand appeared to be moving in…

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A Light Eulogy

A Light Eulogy

Now for the eulogies. My brother goes first. He sobs. He and my father were close. They were both good at science. I can’t say…

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William

William

At 11:45PM on a February Friday, William dusts the snow from the shoulders of his full-length, dark wool business coat and enters the office of…

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Until They Fall

Until They Fall

The dentist says, “Oh, oh…”  her hands in my mouth while her assistant holds the suction gun limp-wristed, like a pencil she might use for…

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Heavy Wings

Heavy Wings

John didn’t come home that night. Reports said that a young Black man, suspected of robbery, was attacked by police officers on the corner of…

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Deception

Deception

Mic, feeling every one of his fifty-four years, sat on a stool, hunched over the hundred-year-old mahogany bar scared with burn marks from the years…

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Rain, Rain, Gone Away

Rain, Rain, Gone Away

It’s never a dark and stormy night. Never a dark and stormy day, either. Ain’t been since ‘fore I was born.  The sky’s straight-up robin’s…

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De-parted

De-parted

Train travel was slowly dying out like the art of writing letters. I didn’t care for such statements made by various people I knew. I…

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Excuse Me, Sir, May We Invade Your Home?

Excuse Me, Sir, May We Invade Your Home?

For Roald DahlIn heaven, or wherever he may have gone Laszlo Oxbreast bound old and rare books. His work required the utmost caution and particularity,…

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Postpartum

Postpartum

After an excruciating week of meetings in New York City, my husband was to arrive back home via bus. Noon sharp, he’d told me. He…

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Violation

Violation

She’d been worried about her daughter all day. The little girl’s temperature had risen to 38° and she’d called the doctor. Now the child was…

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You in the Dark

You in the Dark

After school, you play with Mindy. She lives two houses away and has a big brother. He’s tall and lanky and if you knew the…

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