Browsing Category: Short Story

WORLD ON FIRE

                I still see them as we found them, the first torn open with pattern of punctures from M-240 impacts, small holes in front that blew open in back; further effect of burst tearing and leaving neck opened wide.  Blood was everywhere, most dark and some still bright when we reached him.  You could read […]

ENDEARMENT

                He spoke to his angel.  “I’m out of words,” he shared.  “I have nothing left to tell.  The dream is gone.”                 “It was a good run!” his angel answered mirthful in reply, “…but I don’t believe you.                   If you are empty, I will miss your writing.  I will miss existence […]

LOVE IN THE RAIN

          The front showed in bands across the western sky, cream wisp of clouds above shadow underside of storm, their contrast lighted sharp by the rising eastern sun.  Sky weighed cool and damp with the scent of humus—spring’s living earth disturbed, trodden, and cloven between hooves into mud beneath ranging cattle—holding in its air.            […]

PERCEPTION OF PURPOSE

            “All novels, all poetry, are built to the never-ending contest in ourselves of good and evil.  And it occurs to me that evil must constantly respawn, while good, while virtue, is immortal.  Vice has always a new fresh young face, while virtue is venerable as nothing else in the world is.”—John Steinbeck, East of […]

UNTIL AFFECTION

“…but Mary kept all these words, pondering them in her heart.”—Luke 2: 19                 He read in the predawn morning—body, mind, and spirit waking slowly in self-ritual well before rising of the sun.  Something struck, an affection that moved within; and when it came, he rose and moved to a small table where he wrote […]

ETERNAL LOVE

                “In the spiritual body man actually appears as he is, with respect to love and faith; for every one in the spiritual world is the likeness of his love, not only as to the face and body, but even as to speech and actions.  Hence it is that the true qualities are known, and […]

REAPER

                “Saint Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle.  Be our protection against the wickedness and snares of the Devil.  May God rebuke him, we humbly pray, and do thou, O Prince of the heavenly hosts, by the power of God, cast into hell Satan and all the evil spirits, who prowl about the world […]

AFFECTIONS

“…nothing is appropriated to man but what is done from an affection, which is of the love…In a word, whatever does not enter into freedom into man does not remain; because it is not of his love or will, and the things which are not of a man’s love or will are not of his […]

SAYING WRONG

                “Most everything I’ve ever spoken, I’ve said wrong,” he shared.  “Wrong words…wrong time…wrong understanding.  Learning shame from saying wrong, I’ve spent even more of life sharing nothing at all: keeping in, fearing rejection or misunderstanding—judgment for the wrongs I speak.                 I don’t know why that would suddenly change in me,” he continued.  “I’ll […]

A DIFFERENT LOVE

“Now I Paul myself beseech you, by the mildness and modesty of Christ, who in presence indeed am lowly among you, but being absent, am bold toward you.  But I beseech you, that I may not be bold when I am present, with that confidence wherewith I am thought to be bold, against some, who […]