Adverse Reactions Include Sudden Misplaced Temper

Adverse Reactions Include Sudden Misplaced Temper

The ocean is storm-crazy, just the way I like it. It is as if the storm inside me plays itself out there, with the sharp dive of pelicans, gray spray, and choppy waves. At least this out-door break-room has a view, unlike most restaurants I’ve worked in. Below me, God...
The Toad

The Toad

Flattened by a car, its arms spread out, a little like Jesus. The sun had baked it as crisp as a potato chip. “Poor toad,” Maria said. “Didn’t know how to cross the road.” “Maybe he thought the car was a new friend,” I said. “Rushing to greet him.” “Or he was puzzling...
Landing

Landing

In the evening I sit out on the back porch watching the lit up flight pattern of the planes coming in for landing. They come right at me like a surging highway. I wear my binoculars. Sometimes I even make signs. WELCOME TO EARTH, said one of these signs. I mowed it...
Sidney and Jane: A Play

Sidney and Jane: A Play

(A rainy evening in a poor sector of London in 1890. Crossing a street, Sidney sees Jane and goes to greet her.) Sidney:      Jane! Jane:          Sidney? Good evening. Sidney:      Rather a harsh evening, in fact. Jane:          Yes, the rain is so chilly. I keep...
Bodies at Risk in Motion

Bodies at Risk in Motion

As he undid his belt, his erection snuck over the top of his white underwear. Zabeth saw his khaki-colored life fade away, the man of rules breaking the rules. A shopping mall bathroom. She looked at his gold wedding ring, wondering if he was there with his family, a...
After the Wedding

After the Wedding

We’re 55 and just married, and I for one get embarrassed when people congratulate us too heartily, as if they see and smell our bodies, not taut but glistening with afterglow, pungent with vanilla-scented lubricant. “Do not deny me” Tony murmured that first time, his...