Urgency (poem)

Posted by ractrose on 29 Apr 2019 in Art, Poems

    Urgency   Being on a holiday maker’s tramline That rendezvous with Moment Or the narrow, might be boulder-strewn Road that hugs the mountainside Just past the curve, or here. Where you are marooned. Warning signs say      warning signs say ROCK FALLS Rock falls…it won’t help knowing You hardly know how to do the […]

My Blog Week: April 21 to April 27

All the Latest from Torsade!                         A Word on the Week   This one began and ended with news of terrorist attacks on places of worship. The bombings in Sri Lanka are attributed to a nationalist splinter group (National Thowheed Jamath). The California synagogue […]

Sinister: Seventh Pale Knight

Posted by ractrose on 27 Apr 2019 in Art, Poems

    The Folly The Legend of the Pale Knight     Sinister   Reputation, for those into whose veins, Embarrassment taps easily and oft, Be-crimsoning the cheek, that turns aside in haste; And cutting cruelly like a two-edged sword— Though by a most humble squire raised   What’s all this? Roscoe demands, and mutters […]

Tourmaline (part one)

Tourmaline Tourmaline (part one)             Anton nearly smiled. The glass kept steaming up, over and over. Because in a downstairs chamber something, he did not know what, boiled. Had it been sour cabbage, he would have felt envious, hungry as he’d always been. But he never smelled anything cook in […]

La Catastrophe de la Martinique: fifty-three

Jean Hess La Catastrophe de la Martinique (fifty-three)                           XXXV With Admiral Servan   An explanation of the phenomenon. The ideas of the admiral on the future of Martinique. An order of the day. The army and the population.     Admiral Servan […]

Celebrated (part fourteen)

Novella Celebrated (part fourteen)                     “Great names.” “It’s an inside joke, just for me. Don’t tell the girls.” He put a finger to his lips…all this kind of fun and flirty. Odd, though. And it was late. “Are you staying for dinner?” “I shouldn’t. But…thanks so […]

For the Gullible (poem)

Posted by ractrose on 22 Apr 2019 in Art, Poems

    For the Gullible   Is there nothing on earth, not entertainingly atwist No limit to the pride…your little marvels tucked In caches Rose-colored glasses awfully passé What will you spend your money on, now you have so much There are no paper fortunes left   A vast amount of daylight goes to thinking […]

My Blog Week: April 14 to April 20

All the Latest from Torsade!                       A Word on the Week   At first, the sight of Notre Dame in flames was horrible, as actual fires are (we get movie images in our minds, and movie infernos don’t incandesce like that, billow those massive, sky-filling […]

The Spectre Knows: Sixth Pale Knight

Posted by ractrose on 20 Apr 2019 in Art, Poems

    The Folly The Legend of the Pale Knight     The Spectre Knows   ‘Then further,’ says the guest, ‘we are not talking about intuition. If a railwayman observe that passengers are in the habit of jumping from the cars before the train comes to a halt, he may say, ‘There you have […]

Whalesong (poem)

Posted by ractrose on 19 Apr 2019 in Art, Poems

    Whalesong   Barely attending Cicadas rising percussively sieving through an open window screen How redeemed by gentle warmth the room is once again in summer Resolving from a fog that now and then allows a gift Fixed in memory to scratch at the spidering trail where the smell of blades furrows in   […]