Stop Me If You’ve Heard This One

Mary was on the bus again today. Same as every day on the morning run to work back seat in a skirt. A startling dark sullen beauty staring out the window like I wasn’t there and never would be. Looking as though she were plucked right out of the last day I saw her fifteen […]

THAT’S NOT MY CAT

I was reaching for a melon in the produce section of the local grocery mart when a paw shot out from behind it to vigorously swat at my hand and the black head of a growling cat appeared with large excited yellow eyes. A passing lady looked at me askew. “That’s not my cat.” I […]

Hey, Daddy

Big Jim was sitting by the fire in a friend’s yard when he heard, “Hey, Daddy.” A girl’s voice coming from the shed right across from the fire. The door was opened just a crack. Big Jim looked around. Tim was still inside. He didn’t have any kids. ‘What the flying fuck?’ Big Jim thought, […]

Billy’s Laura

Raining hard at the mouth of the trail where Shane was waiting for his ex-wife umbrella in hand. “Nice day out. Isn’t it, Laura?” Laura smiled, “Yes it is, Hon.” She was already drunk as usual. Shane held out his umbrella and walked holding it over her letting himself get wet until they reached Billy’s […]

Little Wonder

I was diagnosed with an illness that they didn’t catch in time. Doctor told me that I could be in pain for months perhaps years and could face permanent hearing loss in my left ear. It was at times debilitating. The vertigo and tinnitus were Hell. Days became Hell. Life became Hell. Even after several […]

“Don’t Worry, Albert.”

Took care of my wife for ten years as cancer slowly took her away from me. “Don’t worry, Albert. It always rains on a sunny day, doesn’t it?” She’d always say. Two years alone after she passed I moved far away to start again. It was either that or put a gun to my head. […]

NEIGHBOUR’S MULLET

Untamable. A bristling peacock wild on the street. Steal your girl. It is primed and ready to go. It’s a cobra ready to strike. It has drama. It has anger. It has danger and no mercy. It goes up and comes down and will drive you to uncertainty. It will ruin your finances and divide […]

The Intervention

Mother stood up first. “I know the divorce and your father’s passing has been difficult for you and you have your ways to cope…but we feel that we are losing you. You’re the only son I have and I pray everyday that you stop hurting yourself and that you find Jesus.” She sat down. Yeah, […]

CANADA DAY 2020

Is the day that neighbours like to terrorize veterans and pets alike by unleashing a seemingly endless arsenal of loud sky magic. Restrained to their yards because everything is canceled forever fireworks (and plenty) help air out the grievances. Two lots over a dazzling array of starbursts mostly white (racists) with a nice jazzy finish. […]

HER LOVE IS WAR

Her love is a crowbar into the stomach. It’s a gun fight in a closet. It’s a black hole in a paper cup. Her love is a grenade in a gumball machine. An electric chair in a summer dress. It’s a Third Reich parade. Now i drive fast with my eyes closed. Scream into bottles […]