Month: June 2017

Bootlicker

“Do you have news for us?” Miss Fannie asked. “Some of it funny.” He turned to Miss Reba. “A Snack?” “If you catch this here.” Miss Reba tossed him a biscuit. Giovanni caught it and took a bite. “Okay,” he said, chewing. “Last night…

Vino Shadow

Weekly Photo Challenge: Delta

Afraid of differences

  I was four when I learned of my deformity. Before that, my left hand, different from my right, was still mine. It was part of me until, later, it defined me. Mom had taken me to the playground. A Sunny day, the air…

Missing Letters

Saturday is family day, if only two people count as a whole family. We’re not a complete three-legged dog family anymore. Without Mama, Daddy and me have turned into a kangaroo that hops on two feet with sorrow poking out of its pouch. Daddy…

A last laugh

      A last laugh a traitor Deceitful, evil   An hourglass, Beautifully molded Perfect, the glass   Coarse grains of sand now collected the pediment rests.   A finality of time, hemorrhaged out like a single bullet creating two holes A slashing…

Cleaning a bigot’s plow

“Now what are you talking about? I know what’s right and wrong. And you hanging out with a colored is not right. What would your parents th …” Kent’s words hang in the air, his sentence unfinished. He knows what my parents do. He…

Not Invited

There he stood, the man whose cleft chin always reminded me of a bare ass. “Well, well, well, Mayor Marshall Hicks. What can I do for you?” “May I come in?” I hesitated, my eyes scouring him from head to toe. “What do you…

Fear

I blamed my restless sleep on the killer who remained a mere Illusion lurking in the dark. Never in my life had I been so scared. Last night the waves of maelstrom pulled me under and made it hard to breathe. Seeing Sadie bloodied…

My kidnapped baby sister

My insides feel shaky. I know all this nose blowing is my fault. I run to my room and get Tiger Stick and run back outside to sit in the dirt. Tiger and me dig around and around in that dry soil, hoping we’ll…

Our skyline is always changing

Transient- weekly photo prompt