Month: May 2017

Tick tock, tick tock, they’ll put you under key and lock.

  Tick tock, tick tock, they’ll put you under key and lock. Lucinda had made good on her threat. Too skinny from institution mush, my skin peeled off a layer at a time. Curled on top of a thin, lumpy mattress on a rusted…

Ya gotta get to know a fella ‘fore you say you don’t like him

Pa always tells me, “Cono, if ye don’t like somebody, it’s jes’t ’cause you hadn’t got to know him well enough’s all.” That sounds like something H. would say. “Hey, Gene. Ye want to meet a real colored man?” I ask. “Sure, I do….

Oh, what a word, what a world

Daily Word prompt is Detonate. Untimely, in my opinion. The word itself is too commonly used these days and its connotation is disturbing. How about we all gather at Disney World and watch as the fireworks are ignited? Let’s see the beauty and feel the magic instead…

Rule breakers

The scream from upstairs booted us from our chairs. Reba ran to her bedroom yelling, “Don’t you go up there ‘fore me.” In no time, Reba followed me up to the first door on the left, Ratchet steady in her arms. The cowboy turned…

Fear and hope

Infused with fear, but behind a safe door, He gets a Reprieve from the mass’s roar, And hopes for a better tomorrow.    

The best of the bad asses

Years ago, I had the pleasure of meeting and training with Ann Wolfe, known as possibly the greatest female boxer of all times. She was tough, no-nonsense. Three of us had the chance to get inside the ring with her. Of course, she wasn’t…

Relax!

Relaxing in a park is one way to Survive the madness.

Madam Fannie defends her bordello

John opened the paper and tapped a small ad on page three. A glance down at the headlines, my smile faded. The mayor already hated me. Now, he had new artillery. Mayor Marshall Hicks, the blue-skin Presbyterian, and member of the Knights of Pythias…

Drinking to Dead Relatives

Great Gatsby Franken-Farter stares at the creek. “I saw my aunt die.” “I saw my grandpa die, too.” I remember Mama crying when she pulled the bed sheet over him and Daddy hugging her for a long time after. When they buried him, Scooter kept…

Somewhere over this rainbow …

I learned a new word- timely since I took this photo yesterday after leaving the gym. Evanescent (Weekly photo prompt): The beautiful word rolls off my tongue and down the rainbow toward a pot of gold.