Sequence: Give a Dog a Bad Name (part five)

Posted by ractrose on 30 Apr 2019 in Fiction, Novels

Sequence of Events Chapter Eleven Give a Dog a Bad Name and Hang Him (part five)             Rascka cut him short, speaking in a level, warning voice. Through the open door Rob could make this out, but not the words. Magda began to laugh. He’d gone then, to see for […]

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 […]

Sequence: Give a Dog a Bad Name (part four)

Posted by ractrose on 23 Apr 2019 in Fiction, Novels

Sequence of Events Chapter Eleven Give a Dog a Bad Name and Hang HIm (part four)             Ethan’s “revolving door” for “seekers of immoral pleasures” (phrases of Rica’s in a gossip page piece, her humor cloaked in a paragraph so purely the voice of the bridling matron, that the Herald […]

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 […]