After sending several telegrams
back and forth
hinting at stories untold
we finally agree to meet
Back to the early days
instead of you being over there
and me having just left
we know exactly where to go
The place we imagined separately
where there’s a light snow on the ground
and our voices are carried by winds
that haven’t yet left the sea
You tell me what’s never happened
I share a story that will someday unfold
this is all in an unwritten letter
that was lost in the mail
Embracing the bond of our silence
we stare at ourselves across the way
watching us take our leave
never to say goodbye
New Project: The Falling Dream
Whimsy by Shannon McLeod is a wonderful novella, an emotional story about a young woman who is dealing with scars both internal and external. A tragedy has happened in the past, a traumatic experience that haunts her — but the dramatics of that event and the immediate aftermath are in the distance. What this story explores is the quiet echoes and jagged ripples of guilt that continue to impact how she experiences and perceives where she’s at right now — the usual goings on in life — work, dating, family. I was impressed with this exploration — so thoughtful and raw and nuanced. Most definitely worth a read.
My review on Goodreads.
Recalling a phone call
I didn’t answer
and the conversation we had
while the ringing and ringing continued
This was well after we had disconnected the line
You asked how I …
Where had I …
When I would …
The silence in between the questions
is what I remember most
It was a lesson
and the beginning of a quest
I can not hear it so clearly now
even in this stillness
especially when no one is around
The winds have died down
it’s fine to go outside
and feel the cold
On your face is the look
of a sleepless night
waking from a bad dream
Just in time the clouds break
for the sun to set
on this long year’s shadow
Seeing something often, over long stretches of time.
Or not seeing it, but thinking about it all the time.
This is everything that matters, of course.
Can’t see beyond the lights
listening to the same old songs
but that didn’t stop us
from drawing conclusions
on yet another late night drive
where we got lost
and it’s taking even longer
than we expected
knowing full well
this has been one hell of a year
Waiting for day’s end
on the way to nowhere in particular
in a moment beyond the outer reaches of time
subtle bends in the grasslands
whisper all the needs to be said
For a limited time, you can get my novella Anya Chases Down the End for free in the Amazon Kindle store. This is a fun, short read — the story of young person chasing after her dreams — in publishing, no less — and how that chase gets a lot more chaotic after she loses track of a coveted manuscript. Off she has to race into the New York City night to track it down, a madcap quest filled with secret door venues, abandoned subway stations, concealed backrooms and crash pads, mysterious missed connections on old school rotary phones, electric alleyway kisses, and revelatory poetry hiding in plain sight.
Here are some quotes from recent reviews:
“Anya Chases Down the End is a fantastic read for a reader of any genre, but I would find it especially fitting for someone who enjoys coming-of-age stories and poetry. There’s drama and chaos, romance, literary excitement, and a remarkable sense of humor within the story that I found enjoyable while reading. I was impressed with the author’s ability to showcase a young main character with a sense of motivation and desire for a successful future.” — Kourtney Bradley (Full review at Reedsy Discovery)
“For me, Anya Chases down the End read a bit like a NYC version of Alice falling down the rabbit hole. It’s a whirlwind of crazy publishing adventures, back rooms upon back rooms upon back rooms, and endless street poets. Honestly, I really kind of loved it. The story feels like a slightly magical, bittersweet exploration of chasing dreams, being present, and learning to say goodbye. It was sweet, it was fun, and it didn’t try to be more than what it was.” (Full review at Goodreads)
“If you enjoy books about books, funny adventures and a protagonist you’ll be rooting for from the off then you need to add Anya Chases Down the End to your reading list – highly recommend!” (Full review at Goodreads)
Deal ends November 16, 2021. Get the free ebook here.
There should be a poem about this.
Or is the photo the poem?
Rather the tree in the fall
at the time this picture was taken
was the poem.
This is the poem.