Totem: To Be and to Choose (part two)

Posted by ractrose on 28 Sep 2018 in Fiction, Novels

The Totem-Maker Chapter Four To Be and to Choose (part two)           “Be seated, vlan.” Lady Nyma rose, and the Prince obeyed her, even the hauteur falling from his face, but contempt in the hand waving off sitters across the aisle. In this way, I was beside him, though separate, and […]

La Catastrophe de la Martinique: twenty-four

Jean Hess La Catastrophe de la Martinique (twenty-four)         “Decrais?” “Just so. Mouttet was only an instrument. Mouttet obeyed. You could well say that he died a hero, a victim of professional duty if, from professional duty for a governor of Martinique, you hear absolute obedience to the minister of the colonies, […]

Mystical (poem)

Posted by ractrose on 26 Sep 2018 in Art, Poems

      Mystical   A tribute to your thoughts Brother Nostrazerof**k The gift of seeing first is yours That tweet you called it Months ago when others snored Coincidence is the crossing Of a tool’s path with the genius Groove laid down by his new master   You wake in the mornings Tapped on […]

Haunt of Thieves: part five

Posted by ractrose on 24 Sep 2018 in Art, Poems

      Haunt of Thieves Part Five   The sun lights Aantahah’s teeth like molten gold and falls Fang-red through burning crevices of rock Gafeidda’s boot-soles tread clay, tortured in ice-forms The Shepherd sings prayer at the hour of offering Aantahah mei’capeddre vorsairct Mei’capeddre vorsac (Ancient Father accept my sacrifice to you Accept my […]

Totem: To Be and to Choose (part one)

Posted by ractrose on 21 Sep 2018 in Fiction, Novels

The Totem-Maker Chapter Four  To Be and to Choose         Lady Nyma’s assize was all of a nature impressive, sober, ceremonial…for me, never-seen. I must be dressed, I discovered, in a blue and yellow garment, one with high collar and buttoned cuffs, ornamented fasteners down the chest, that designated me Petitioner. I […]

Milieu (poem)

Posted by ractrose on 18 Sep 2018 in Art, Poems

      Milieu   You like and you don’t like Thin chances but first to subtract aplomb A fellow’s duty done Subtract an unobstructed view and brace Like Dr. Bellows dressed In oilskins, your slumbering other self Can’t help but help Be national interviewee miked and lensed Smooth criminal’s aileron roll on hurricane winds […]

Haunt of Thieves: part four

Posted by ractrose on 17 Sep 2018 in Art, Poems

      Haunt of Thieves Part Four   Ravens hear the trembling gong’s alarm Harbinger of rolling earth Far away as yet but coming near (Birds of the air may take to flight Men and cities cannot do) Souls they carry heavenward, on each feather tip The lost descends to touch in parting A […]

The Meadow Report

Posted by ractrose on 13 Sep 2018 in Nonfiction

    The Meadow Report The latest developments from the mini-habitat project.   The above pic is of my flower border along the driveway, planted mostly in deer-resistant Coneflowers, Helianthus, Shasta daisy, Tithonia (a real champion performer this year, and easy to grow from seed), and Blue aster. I also have Russian sage, and peaking […]

With Malice Towards None

Posted by ractrose on 12 Sep 2018 in Nonfiction

Assorted Opinions With Malice Towards None, with Charity for All         The phrase comes from Abraham Lincoln’s second inaugural address, delivered 4 March 1865. America’s Civil War was winding to a close, and the hour to many seemed the darkness before the dawn. But division, our nation’s worst (as we’d still like […]

Haunt of Thieves: part three

Posted by ractrose on 10 Sep 2018 in Art, Poems

      Haunt of Thieves Part Three   Only now the river Bedhokan She whose flowing waters Gain in strength and claim (For there is no answer to her whim; in their season the iron clouds will rain) A goddess’s Authority to shape the land She cannot in her course be checked by laws […]