The Lengthy Story (poem)

Posted by ractrose on 31 Aug 2018 in Art, Poems

    The Lengthy Story   A traveler who for an empty purse Casts danger as she must, in its most lifelike role This predator will wear his tightest clothes As a speck on a zooming sedan’s horizon Best she dart into scrub and vanish She does They are so many of them alone Their […]

La Catastrophe de la Martinique: twenty

Posted by ractrose on 30 Aug 2018 in Translation

Jean Hess La Catastrophe de la Martinique (twenty)                 Mr. Thompson said that he flew into his chamber, while the steamer was heaving, and the masts and stacks were falling into the water. “The eyes, the ears, the mouth, the clothing, of those who’d been on deck were […]

Haunt of Thieves: part one

Posted by ractrose on 28 Aug 2018 in Art, Poems

A refugee from apocalyptic war comes to a desolated country, where the only escape from the sport of its occupiers — who will hunt him with dogs — is a mountain pass, the haunt of thieves… They kill and plunder in their own right. Gafeidda debates his chances with the Shepherd, but cannot bring himself […]

Plain and Ugly Terms: German Spy (ten)

Posted by ractrose on 27 Aug 2018 in Art, Poems

    The Folly The German Spy     Plain and Ugly Terms   Now I never smile That, Fiona, brings the flicker of one your own (I saw) Ah— But in plain and ugly terms…in simplicity, of course, why lie? We are measuring ourselves as we are Those mortal remains of mine stretch wide […]

A Few Laws Broken: Hammersmith (thirty-one)

Hammersmith Chapter Thirty-One A Few Laws Broken           Mossbunker’s wall rose a few feet higher than Ralph’s eight-foot ladder. Perched on this, Curach whispered, “Hand me up that feather bolster.” Chilly’s answer to a mechanical problem…ingenious, Aimee thought…was to roll the bolster tight and run a fat stick through its center. […]

Assorted Opinions: Grab Bag

Posted by ractrose on 24 Aug 2018 in Nonfiction

Assorted Opinions: Grab Bag Laser monsters                       When cleaning my garage, I came across a forgotten laser pointer. The cats my father had given it to me for the entertainment of, are all past cats now; but recently I’ve adopted two brothers, Ed (grey) and […]

La Catastrophe de la Martinique: nineteen

Jean Hess La Catastrophe de la Martinique (nineteen)               Towards nine in the morning, during a lightening of cover, M. Marie-Sainte could clearly distinguish Mt. Pelée reduced by at least three hundred meters, the crest sheared off, the flanks widely cracked. Surrounded by the survivors of his former crew, […]

The Totem-Maker: I Am the Cause (part four)

Posted by ractrose on 22 Aug 2018 in Fiction, Novels

The Totem-Maker I Am the Cause (part four)                 Now, to speak further of law and custom. I found myself imprisoned in a cell of Lord Sente’s. The noble houses did for the Emperor this service, quartered his knights when with his entourage he entered their city, guarded […]

Cats! Fourteen Cartoons Featuring a Feline Theme

Posted by ractrose on 20 Aug 2018 in Cartoons

A collection, from my sister blog, The Cartoon House, on arguably the most popular cartoon theme, felines and their second bananas.     Have a Heart     Auguring Iffy     Kibble     It’s in the Perspective     There Must Be An Answer     A Touch of Bedevilment     Not […]

Trenches Manned: Hammersmith (thirty)

Hammersmith Chapter Thirty Trenches Manned           Mossbunker had secured his contract with the American Expeditionary Force; in theory, his works might be targeted by spies. Their owner had not altered arrangements. Aimee, with Curach, lay flat against the slope of a ditch, at the rear of Mossbunker’s factory, outside the wall […]