The Impresario: part nineteen

Posted by ractrose on 31 Mar 2017 in Art, Poems

    The Impresario Part Nineteen   She rubs her cheeks and neck, not for cold If the night feels chill, to her this trial seems welcome She wishes she might bear the world’s pain Enduring all, if by some alchemy He might bide in warmth and tender sleep She slips onto her knees, and […]

My Curious Reading: Connections, Discoveries

Posted by ractrose on 29 Mar 2017 in Non-Fiction

My Curious Reading Connections, Discoveries   Introduction:   In actuality, do we need customer reviews? People reportedly give a greater number of ratings in the four-star range than any other. We withhold a degree of our enthusiasm, we don’t five-star as often…and what makes a thing good, but not very good, fair but not good, we […]

The Impresario: part eighteen

Posted by ractrose on 25 Mar 2017 in Art, Poems

  The Impresario Part Eighteen   The vintner’s house still darkened By a shade. And it, avenged or no—he sees it now —will never loose its hold A girl knocks begging for a room and offers gold He has not spoken even to his servant For many days Yet seeing a daughter in her guileless […]

The Smell of the Crowd (poem)

Posted by ractrose on 21 Mar 2017 in Art, Poems

    The Smell of the Crowd   see justice pulled from the frying pan nicely crisped at the edges, greased both sides you may say, done the owner considers the tone a diminution in the smell of the crowd his helpers lose keenness for their work all of them wishing to be at home, […]

The Impresario: part seventeen

Posted by ractrose on 18 Mar 2017 in Art, Poems

    The Impresario Part Seventeen   “How long ago,” the seer begins “Though not so many days have passed And yet, how long ago it seems…” The Dauphin interrupts. “Vraiment! For a great, tedious time, Pierre, you have been talking. See, Tortu has gone to sleep!” “My old master, him I’d told you of […]

The Impresario: part sixteen

Posted by ractrose on 12 Mar 2017 in Art, Poems

    The Impresario Part Sixteen   “The gatekeeper, then, must be sweetened with a bribe For such a one may at any time be called aside He cannot leave a fire rage or fainting lady lie So make fair claim to’ve been about his duties… That, Pierre, is what you mean to say.” “Yes!” […]

The Big Pants: final

Short Stories The Big Pants  (final)       He saw Jackie wander off, before he was done talking. Down in the valley some co-op, in conjunction with the Messerman compound, farmed rows of shining greenery in cages; that radio free veg the Messermans sold to their clients, along with the online courses. A flag […]

Ambition (poem)

Posted by ractrose on 5 Mar 2017 in Art, Poems

    Ambition   “I tell you it tickles the governor He never minds it seeing his natives in western dress But such times he entertains a delegation Then, you know, it’s about pleasing the customer If you get me The coffee-baron’s wife said it three times On the boat coming up the river How […]

The Impresario: part fifteen

Posted by ractrose on 4 Mar 2017 in Art, Poems

The Impresario Part Fifteen   Regalus and Pierre come upon the tail of a mounted entourage Flanked, by her knights of the household, rides On bearers’ shoulders, a lady in a litter Footmen armed with cudgels seem to relish No less than those well-distanced from their blows The abject cringe of beggars venturing close “Oh, she […]

The Big Pants: part five

Short Stories The Big Pants (five)         So it was, that if any place close to Pacifica Terrace had been a possibility for renting, her family would suffer, for having found a place to settle. She would have to enroll the children in a school. Which she wanted, very much, to do…but […]