Zealots (poem)

    Zealots   Would it not revive him in a way Guarantee his life with a club key So he makes a bribe to the canal boatman And follows the stream with a binocular on Soon to enter the private door through a tunnel of privet But appetite remains which he admits The thought […]

Respect (poem)

    Respect   When my child died to me, you had the task of going from my sight, or if returning If seeking your old place, no glance aside No murmuring. For these rebuke, it is not kind to come into my presence with such looks That, saying much, and saying naught, dare teach […]

Cartoon Stories: Historical Hijinks

Cartoon Stories Historical Hijinks         This week, some riffs on topics drawn from history.       Buzz Word. “Hello” is an evolved word, from hola (to fetch), more or less its Germanic origin. Of course, hello is basically an Americanism, but anything (and everything) goes in cartoons. New slang is forever […]

My Blog Week: March 15 to March 21

All the Latest from Torsade!                             A Word on the Week   Buying Our Way Out         First, a few policy points (because I have faith my readers are on the side of right, and don’t really need telling): […]

All Things Connected Loosely By a Letter (poem)

    All Things Connected Loosely By a Letter   “Good intentions would have produced Better results” You haven’t even that to console you And shown the door A bubble has popped from the brain jar Ferreting in his library for the memory All things connected loosely by a letter Or the signifier of a […]

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

The Totem-Maker Chapter Seven The Recalcitrant One (part seven)           The cave road carried to the foot of a hill, down to the sea-plain of Balbaec proper. I saw travelers now, far away, a small company. If they had dogs, Cuerpha’s scent (my own, for all I knew) would carry a […]

Frédéric Boutet: The Fortuneteller (conclusion)

Frédéric Boutet Mystery The Fortuneteller (conclusion)                       The voracious Guland had swallowed a rabbit bone sideways and nearly made an end of himself. It was tragic. Mme Lazzarra, a hand in the suffocating pug’s gullet, fished for the bone. Gloria was hysterical. Guland at last […]

Silent As the Grave: Tenth Battle Stations

    The Folly Battle Stations         Silent As the Grave   Llewellyn affords to himself some feeling of offence Brought on by the pressures of exigency, his given consent And of necessity, in the person of Mission Director a title found in files, coded by initials MD buried in the secretest […]

Cartoon Stories: Lightly Macabre

Cartoon Stories Lightly Macabre                           Your challenge, in creating scenarios and casting characters to act them out, is how to portray both the person as his/her individual self, and that self reacting to…a circumstance. Above, one in my cartooning style, but done for […]

My Blog Week: March 8 to March 14

All the Latest from Torsade!                 Readers, I had to take a sick day yesterday, not for that. Just a vicious migraine. So My Blog Week got missed Sunday, but here it is in its proper slot today.                A Word on […]