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 […]

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 […]

The disease had sharpened my senses –not destroyed –not dulled them. Above all was the sense of hearing acute. I heard all things in the heaven and in the earth. I heard many things in hell. How, then, am I mad? Hearken! and observe how healthily –how calmly I can tell you the whole story.-Edgar […]

“Hey Sara, can you do me a favor?  I keep finding cigarette butts lying on the ground, outside the building.  It can only be the guys who are working on the roof… and the windows.” “Sure.” Sara shrugged her shoulders in reply. “I need a sign that reads, ‘No Smoking,’ in Spanish?” “Um…okay.” —- “Hey, […]

The candle lit, the flame dances atop the wick, dancing between the winds, pushed between pursed lips.  The arcane spoken word, the sunshine, bringing life to those without it.  The twist, thirsty and peckish for more like a deep pull, but settling for just a sip. On October the fifth, I climbed into my mind […]

Keeping things simple, I’ve come to the conclusion there are 3 types of people in life.  Those who understand the system and seek to take advantage of it, seek to game it, for personal gain.   Those who understand the system, but reject it’s inequality and injustice for Others.  And those who are oblivious to […]

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 […]

She laid her head on her grandmother’s hand and cried. “Gammaw, I don’t want you to die.”  Tears streamed down her face. “I will miss you too baby.  It’s best that we all have to go at some point.  The heart has only so much love in it.  If we all stayed around and never […]

The place is here, the time is now, and the journey into the shadows that we’re about to read could be our journey.  A journey that is not without irony.  I submit for your review, John Michael Jones.  A father of two and a devoted husband.  He’s a guy of average intellect and an above average […]