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 while 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 mahogany fingers, deliciously, devoured each […]

The mist parted and fell away from the dim glow of the light. The floor was densely packed, but there were just enough pockets aligned for him to catch a view of her near the bar. Dancing with a drink in her hand, she leaned into it, closing her eyes and snapping her fingers, lip syncing […]

I made a robot on a hot Summer day. I wore 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 torso. […]

“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 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 made its way through the open window, twisting the strings on the blinds, as it passed by. The noted patterns of the city lights metered out a certain rhythm, a certain melancholy, welling up from its location planted somewhere deep within its roots. He turned to notice the […]

“A happy day feels like…a good day feels like…piano keys leaping and playing, diving in and out of the chords inlaid by the grooves of the bass line, brushing aside the leaves and stem of the notes, while glitter jumps off the sticks drumming the cymbals. A good day has a rhythm of repetition like […]

When I dream of the sounds, the smiles, the smells, the laughter, and the sights of a place, I liberally pour romance and electric lightning all over it – pushing the sparks into the corners with just enough to cover over the edges.  But my visitations to these places, in reality, always end up being […]

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. […]

Black music. Black history. Black Unemployment. Black actors. Black athletes. Black dance. Black art. Black Crime. Black awards. Black students. Black cEOs. Black leadership. Black Single Parent. Black lives. Black achievement. Black lips. Black words. Black skin. Black verse. White Culture America, The symbols, they thirst, All too familiar, For that Black Monster Godzilla. But […]

The days grow shorter, the heat turned lukewarm and the outcome’s been chosen. The embers glow passionately, more seldom, only on the occasion an errant breeze is spoken. The ashes caught in the wind, caught up in the cooling effect of the daily this and that, so and so, and to and fro…as reasons to […]

Repeating patterns of trees whizzed by with their deciduous reflections washing over the windshield of the car. The neighborhood was idyllic and plastic, a painted picture of manicured and trimmed suburbia.  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 […]

It was a Summer breeze,On a Saturday eve,From some time ago freed,Coursing through the humidity,Carrying on its winds,A thought conceived. I placed my cup on the ground.Raised my hand to my head,Kneading the tension in my brow.I leaned into the melody,Leaning my head back to the sound,Profound in it’s hypnosis and simplicity,Reclaiming this memory most […]