He’d been trying to muscle in on my business for a couple of months, upsetting my routine, the little fat-faced fucker. Leaving me threatening messages, warning me, that he was coming for me and sooner or later, he’d get what I so called owed him. Wasn’t my fault he was bad at math. Besides, betting […]

They said, “The peace couldn’t last for too long.”  You could hear the acrid breeze moving through the leaves.  You could see the diseased air stripping the trees. My daughter asked, “Daddy, what does it mean?”  I answered, “Things are about to become scary.  So be wary of the character of strangers you meet.”  Roll […]

The Sun’s light shown through the windows and doors of the all white room.  The all white curtains stood sentry at the windows, motionless and at attention.  She sat at the piano between two, all white columns. Her wrists, in staccato movements, struck the keys with angled elbows, while her fingers, deliciously, devoured each note. […]

“Watch it!” “Hey man!” “What the fuck!” I ran into the crowd, in the hopes I could lose it there.  I watched as it dove in after me. It slithered it’s way through, pulling the bulk of itself forward.  My face and hands bounced off jackets and shoulders as I frantically pushed my way through the […]

I made a robot on a hot Summer day.  I was wearing my old Wisconsin shirt with athletic shorts to stay cool.  But it was one of those particularly humid, Midwestern, hot Summer days. The kind where the heat just sticks to you; chasing you even into the shade. I assembled the legs, arms, and […]

I can remember one day – I was passing by this old dude.  He asked me to go to the store for him.   He told me he’d give me a couple of dollars.  I hollered back, “Nah, man.  I gotta be somewhere.  I don’t have time.”  I didn’t even look at him. I only slightly […]

The cool air of the summer night makes its way through the open window. The city lights in the distance catch his gaze. Holding it for a few more seconds, he tugs at his necktie, leaving it to loosely hang. The nearest light fell across the dark hue of his skin, bringing shadow to his […]

The trees whizzed by while their deciduous reflections washed over the windshield in repeating patterns.  The neighborhood was idyllic and plastic, a painted picture of manicured and trimmed. An affluent heaven on earth, of sorts, safe harboring neighbors from the naked environments of the city, while populating itself with people who spent their leftover hours powering through evening […]

Each day after school, a little brown boy grabbed his backpack to begin his journey home. As he exited the main doors, he would look down at his sock with the blue stripe, near the top, slouching around his ankle. He would reach down and pull it up. As he began to walk, it would […]

“Every time we FAIL, we tell ourselves a little bit of a truth and a little bit of a lie. The truth: There’s something to be learned from it and we’ll be better people for it. The lie:  We’ll achieve success, if we go through the process again.  It is possible, definitely not guaranteed, and […]

A slow evening. Watching the planes overhead, Break the deep purple, Break the zen. I became enthralled, By the things she said, “Hello, How are you?” So enraptured. A soul, so beautiful, Her heart, so gifted, My heart was, unknowingly, Captured. Even if it’s only a romance, Watching her smile, That’s all in my head. […]

A star packed sky dots the scene, Hand in hand, a quixotic dream, Jumping out of a Friday night, And onto the movie screen. Speed it up, slow it down. We glide across the shoreline. We out race the light, We love in never ending night! For It was written across the heavens, In the […]

In the time between night and morning. In the delirium of the border country between awakening and near post sleep, a kiss dreamed can feel real. The whipped up, ephemeral body feels solid enough to elicit a reaction in those in-between hours. Sugary sweet it must be. The mind sees. The neck cranes. The lips […]

Black Music. Black History Month. Black Inventors. Black Actors. Black Athletes.  Black Dance. Black Community.  Black Awards. Black CEOS.  Black crime. Black Students.  Black Achievement. Black Leadership. Black Unemployment. Black Lips. Black Hair. Black Skin. Black America. These Hidden Pleasures, Off the Beaten Path, Treasures. Such Novelties and curious, Curiosities, Spotlighting the Differences. Contrived Inferences. […]

And If there is a God… Somewhere way up high, Way beyond the sky, I will one day be free, Be free to just be, Feeling good, grinnin’ into the breeze. Running free through the night air, Escaping the mental trap house, Only then slightly aware… Of the fear spliced into, programmed into me. Til then, […]