the great bird and the boy

The great bird appeared outside the boy’s kitchen window every morning while he drank coffee and fought off the urge to smoke a cigarette and searched inside for the day’s motivation. Each day the boy would stare into the bird’s eyes as they glared back at him fiercely. And the boy would drink coffee while…

waiting for class

The boy sat and thought while staring at the white wall of the seemingly endless, well-lighted corridor outside his classroom. He listened to other students speak about nonsense. He became frustrated when he overheard two young gentlemen’s spat about the control scheme in one of their handheld video games. He always arrived early to class…

crab-tree valley mall

I went to Footlocker yesterday and found Shaquille O’Neal riding a dinosaur-themed tricycle. After popping out of the sleek all black 4Runner, I weaved and bobbed my way through the congestion of Crabtree Valley Mall. It was a particularly overcast day, and the seven-foot, Japanese-speaking crabs were eager to emerge out of their tree-based quarters…

rose, pink (singular)

the days are dragged the nights toss and turn afraid of tomorrow ashamed of the past       there’s a ringing in my ear colors blend together it has been cloudy, but sunshine peeks out timidly, quietly     be home soon return from paradise find me sitting here in this red chair upright,…

the free man

they let me go today.          i ventured out of the fortress into the universe welcomed by the sun and the clouds alike the birds sang a melody only i could hear only i noticed only i fathomed.         I pulled away looked back laughed left my coat inside…

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the young man drunk with insatiable esteem arose from the moonlit suite only to find his livelihood slipping away it was only another night.

the pocketless polo

It’s October 1st, and although the North Carolina weather may not be on par with the date, the resonance of fall is emerging in the air. It’s also Tuesday — my least favorite day of the week. I’m wearing my one-and-only Polo Ralph Lauren button-up shirt to work today, to make survival a little more stylish. I’ve…