Monthly Archives: December 2014

The Loneliest New Year’s Eve (Y2K)

Alone I’ll be to say a wet goodbye to all the years that start with 1 and 9. My house will echo as the dog and I make mumble-face and forelegs intertwine. Admittedly I’ll long for company, imagining a corny … Continue reading

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First Job in Second Person

If you were me, you were born in early January. That makes your sun sign Capricorn, and nowhere near a cusp. You never studied astrology, and you were skeptical when you encountered it in 1967, but there was no avoiding … Continue reading

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Air

The sky is falling on my head today. Thrice rain-beset by storms, my brow is kissed precipitantly as I wend my way to work. The atmosphere is filled with mist, the air is saturated, white as smoke and cool as … Continue reading

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To An Ex

I’m trying to imagine being you and I can’t find a place inside for fun, a room for play, a window with a view horizon-wide and open to the sun. Instead I see you crouch around your core, a bulwark … Continue reading

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How It Wasn’t (Stop)

Chris offered “Coffee? Tea? Water? Wine?” and I asked if there was any beer. There was. I had an Anchor Steam and hoped for analgesic effect. We discussed aging and the attraction to comfort. Agreed one had to resist that. … Continue reading

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How It Wasn’t (Start)

I walked up Spruce Street that Saturday, inadvertently stressing my lower back and wondering about the fault. It runs beneath Spruce or Euclid or the Arlington in my part of Berkeley, and I figured I was pacing along on top … Continue reading

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Manipulation

Manipulation is a two-edged blade that cuts for good with puppets, medicine and toys. Its nasty aspect is displayed in mob convection, seething from within but powered by an outside agency; or scheming mates who have an axe to grind … Continue reading

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