My Blog Week: June 13 to June 19

All the Latest from Torsade!                             A Word on the Week   Restrain Yourself             I’ll begin, moving forward with the War on Self-Control, by sharing a couple of nineteenth century jokes, that I found repeated in […]

Caught Alone (poem)

      Caught Alone   Loved one, they gather on the stairs The passageway is closed The door will jar against a darting shape Unnoticed, their kind, snuffed in the daily cataclysm One will tear the fabric Go   She is standing in the kitchen of her mother’s house Caught alone Under the pop-eyed […]

Mathilde Alanic: Shine! (part forty-six)

Mathilde Alanic Shine! (part forty-six)                               Fourth Part Shine!     “Rest?” Annie, rebellious, sat upright on the chaise-longue. “But the war is over! The poilus, do they rest?” “They no longer feel their fatigue. They are marching to victory. But […]

Bad Counsel (part four)

Short Stories Bad Counsel (part four)                   Saturday, Karen had asked if she had anything to wash, so Andrée scooped up everything from the foot of the bed, the chair back, the bathroom rug. Sunday, Karen had taken a carload of boxes to the new place. So […]

Marjorie Bowen: The Sword Decides! (part twenty-four)

Marjorie Bowen The Sword Decides! (part twenty-four)                   The woman affected surprise. “Shall I not send a page ahead?” All this came fluent, but Andreas watched her eyes note what he carried under his arm. “It is kinder, Lord Andreas, to apprise a lady, ere you call.” […]

Hammersmith: The St. Bernard Hotel (chapter eighteen)

Hammersmith Chapter Eighteen The St. Bernard Hotel               The St. Bernard Hotel had a back way in, that allowed a cab to draw to the curb. The front, which they had trotted past, sported a narrow vermillion door next to a bay window stacked under a second-floor counterpart. Through […]

Eight: suggested proof (poem)

      suggested proof   if they were friends, and independent, their odds were not bad if their status had been desperately unequal, and dependence soon afterwards began… millstones, albatrosses, balls-and-chains five o’clocks in bars and hopes of new friends but time is the enemy of stable things a nature that finds contentment wants […]

My Blog Week: June 6 to June 12

All the Latest from Torsade!                             A Word on the Week   Restrain Yourself                 It’s getting harder to find societal virtues that Republicans can still be tested by. The test is whether people who […]

Hammersmith: Having a Treat (chapter seventeen)

Hammersmith Chapter Seventeen Having a Treat               A sofa with a blanket draped along the seat, trailing the scant carpet, a pillow at the armrest and one on the floor, was taking up the wall under the windows, leaving clearance for only this rug and a little chest. Jane’s […]

Mathilde Alanic: Shine! (part forty-five)

Mathilde Alanic Shine! (part forty-five)                         Annie walked up the rue de Rennes, coming to the post office. Inside, she asked that a call be put throught to Mme Fougerays. To her unspeakable relief, it was Christiane herself who answered. “Good day, mademoiselle novelist! […]