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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Yoharie: Neighborhood Watch (part three)

Posted by ractrose on 15 Aug 2018 in Fiction, Novels

Yoharie Neighborhood Watch (part three)               “I can’t stay.” Petersen rose, patting his belt. “He’s an eye doctor, and he gets emergency calls?” Todwillow made the question rhetorical. He had followed with menacing raptness Petersen’s mute exit, the shutting of his door across the street. “Maybe he does.” Tristanne […]

Tired of Yourself (poem)

Posted by ractrose on 13 Aug 2018 in Art, Poems

      Tired of Yourself   I think you get tired of yourself If you don’t, start The tea leaves haven’t got a plan to let you know You know it’s nothing to a tea leaf Patterning itself in broken flecks of hope Likelier having a cosmic joke Nothing to the flight of birds […]

The Big House (poem)

Posted by ractrose on 11 Aug 2018 in Art, Poems

      The Big House   The sunset of the day seems Exudaceous copper neon Comes between cloudbank between cloudbank Warning with no celestial conviction Promising without wherewithal Where, these days, does earth promise other than eviction The day just past has passed on the other side Suppose it had been the first of […]

Night Maneuvers: Hammersmith (twenty-nine)

Hammersmith Chapter Twenty-Nine Night Maneuvers           Elton Bott advanced in stealth through the gloaming. Soft expressions into tussocky grass, of right foot, followed by left foot, heel rolled to toe—an art attributed by their chief to the Iroquois, and a single-file exercise on which the Patriots had drilled—did not stop various […]