Quarantining Together

Photo by Daria Shevtsova on Pexels.com Sylvia leaned over the arm of the couch and stretched. “Oh my god, you guys, I am so hungover today. Like, seriously, I was up ALL night. That party was banging.” She licked her lips and smiled smugly. “For real - everyone was there.” “Yeah, we could hear,” Olevander… Continue reading Quarantining Together

Time Travel Bingo

Photo by freestocks.org on Pexels.com On this particular Tuesday, Time Travelers Inc. had sent one of their lawyers, Maxwell Bishop, to an arbitration meeting. Joining him in the rented room was fellow arbitrator Milquetoast Foireè, and the offended party, a pink-haired, foul-mouthed 81-year old named Mrs. Sprightly. Three seconds ago, there had been a miscommunication,… Continue reading Time Travel Bingo

Property of Nicholas Plath

Photo by Pixabay on Pexels.com Sylvia Plath knew she was doomed as soon as she opened her mother’s birthday present. It was going to be a book – her mother never gave her anything else – but this one was heavy. She pulled the newspaper wrapping away from the cover and read the title. “The… Continue reading Property of Nicholas Plath

Christmas Eve Solo

Photo by Kristina Paukshtite on Pexels.com It’s the night before Christmas and all through my house,Everyone’s sleeping, including my spouse.The stockings are hung but I gotta wrap shit,So just like this tree, I’m about to get lit. The kids passed out only an hour agoTime for me to play Santa: Ho-mother-fuckin-ho.Grab the scissors, the tape,… Continue reading Christmas Eve Solo


Photo by Dominika Roseclay on Pexels.com Twinkly lightsAnd candy canesBlack Friday shoppers gone insaneSanta’s comingHo Ho Ho!Gatlinburg’s phony snowExtra presents“Just in case”Like nose-hair trimmers in a travel caseOr plaid potholdersFrom the dollar store(I would’ve tried harder, if I liked you more)Christmas cardsFrom distant relationsNo one RSVP’d toMy invitations100-dollar Christmas treesHarry & David salami and cheese16… Continue reading Christmas

A Marvelous Time

Photo by Inga Seliverstova on Pexels.com “I’m hosting a party, December the 9th,At exactly a quarter to eight.I’ll have oysters, fois gras, and of course caviar,It’s black tie, so please don’t be late.” Such simple instructions, printed so clearly,On the invites I sent out last week.Show up, have some food, drink some wine, have a… Continue reading A Marvelous Time

Prompts Inspired by Photographs in Magazines

Photo by Inga Seliverstova on Pexels.com The room is dark and immediately hot. My neck starts to itch and sweat trickles through the baby hairs at my temples. The man on the couch is freezing, though. His blanket looks new, but it’s blue with yellow sunflowers: a donation. The couch is rubbed bare at the… Continue reading Prompts Inspired by Photographs in Magazines