Monthly Archives: May 2011

Search Engine Sestina

This week she’s set before me an impossible task. I want to run, hide with the novelists, the journalists. I want to go somewhere less . . . demanding, take the road less painfully traveled. If I stand fast, I could get trampled by this new beast, get my confidence elephant-stomped into the dirt. Set…

A Sonnet for My Love

Should I compare her to a summer’s day Or to a winter’s gentle kiss goodbye? Perhaps I’ll draw her as a marigold, Or is my love more like the red, red rose? I could portray her dancing dressed in red Across a ballroom brimmed with jealous men, Or pose her silent, sitting in the dew,…

A Major Faux Pas

I could tell right away he was an old salt, a real sailor on the seas of life kind of man. He sat behind an enormous mahogany desk, face wrinkled in amusement, one leg stretched out, a cob pipe dangling from the corner of his mouth. Tendrils of smoke twisted around him. The aroma of…

The Devil’s Holiday

Flueric studied the crowd crammed into St. Peter’s Square. In moments his holiday could be over, and he prayed–wished, rather–that he could enjoy a few more days reveling in the delights of the city. Rome was so beautiful in the spring. He’d spent the sun-soaked morning roaming the twisted paths of the Forum, admiring the…

The Package

The body is naught but a womb for the soul. Within it the soul is conceived, and there it gestates, feeding voraciously on the nourishment of human experience. The capacity of each soul is varied; some possess potential for great power, while others are destined to remain forever weak. And as it is with power,…