Eight: Milieu (poetry series)

    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 A […]

The Totem-Maker: The Recalcitrant One (part eight)

The Totem-Maker Chapter Seven The Recalcitrant One (part eight)           Now as with many walled cities…as with Monsecchers, I had once mentioned…here were tunnels having secret openings, passages where a single body might squeeze between jagged rocks, or wriggle free among tangled roots. And watches would not be set over these […]

Frédéric Boutet: Hypnotism (part two)

Frédéric Boutet Mystery Hypnotism (part two)                             These passes worried Lydie, for his fingers with each gesture threatened her eyes. She closed her lids and did not open them again. “Do you sleep?” he asked, thrilled by such great success. “Lydie sleeps.” […]

What Would I Do (poem)

    What Would I Do   I, what would I You’ve come to such a jaded heart Asking participation Modern in your diction saying Join the conversation You talk of people in their shells But watch them leave the trenches Watch them start and dart the salvo Find they’ve grown the legs of a […]

Fortune (poem)

    Fortune   I was a hired paw to rid the land of vermin I was not idle as accused Nor so important as to be The plague and not her servant Her vector stirred among the coverlets Ricocheting with her whispers Into willing ears and lodging Under eyelids bringing tears My Hearer, it […]

Cartoon Stories: Whims Brought to Life

Cartoon Stories Whims Brought to Life         One category of humor cartoons are especially adapted to; and that, outside of skit comedy, can’t well be communicated to an audience (skits, requiring some minimum length, may also labor the joke), is this sort of idea we all have, little whimsies that take off […]

My Blog Week: March 22 to March 28

All the Latest from Torsade!                             A Word on the Week   Part and Parcel         It’s not a question of whether the environmental benefits of coronavirus lockdowns count as an upside to the pandemic. We’re far enough along […]

The Smell of the Crowd (poem)

    The Smell of the Crowd   see justice pulled from the frying pan nicely crisped at the edges, greased both sides you may say, done the owner considers the tone a diminution in the smell of the crowd his helpers lose keenness for their work all of them wishing to be at home, […]

When You See God (poem)

    When You See God   When you see god nose your horizon Inconvenient choosing the hour before the alarm goes off Before you lift your fork Before you find your pen and jot your thought An acronym, had it been? for blunder A plan you’d had to get thinner By mistake you run […]

Frédéric Boutet: Hypnotism (part one)

Frédéric Boutet Mystery Hypnotism (part one)                     “Gilberte, I’m bothering you, you were going out.” “You could never bother me, you know that very well, my little Lydie. But, it’s my husband’s consultation day, and I make the best of it. I have my shopping, what […]