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 […]

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 […]

“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. […]

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. […]

MAN IN A HOTEL ROOM WITH A GUN

Taking it all in one long moment sitting there on the edge of the bed with a gun in your hand blood on the sheets a brunette laying across them naked pale stiff like a mannequin you don’t recognize the gun the room her your clothes You don’t know how you got there at all […]

COVID-19 SOCIETY: LIFE IS A ROLL OF TOILET PAPER

As the pandemic was unfolding on social media people were scattered in the frozen produce section of Costco staring down at their smartphones as if waiting for instructions. A lady was fixated on her screen beside a batch of tomatoes when her face scrunched up and she started to turn. They all did, not into […]

THE MARVEL SUPERHERO ON PARK STREET

I was walking by a large Victorian house on Park Street when from up on the top floor balcony I heard someone calling out. I turned to see a girl –maybe ten years old– leaning over the railing so that her long hair hung straight down. “Hey Mister, do you want to see a trick?” […]

THE NOISY BATHROOM FAN

At first Randall was appalled when the noisy bathroom fan suggested that he murder his girlfriend right then and there, but then he grew intrigued. With the fan’s persuasive voice, the thought of murder solidified into an ideal. Was it possible? In fact, was it the only thing that would set things right? He was […]

THE LIFE COACH

You’re terrified of death because you don’t really know what it is, what it’s like, what comes after. You’ve spent your whole life building things up but all that will be gone in an instant and you are deeply troubled by the idea that there is nothing afterwards; that you just extinguish like a light, […]

THE INCUBUS OF IRVING ST.

Tina was pulling grocery bags from her trunk when she spotted Bono walking across the street. That’s right, U2’s very own Bono looking like he had just stepped out of the ZooTV tour with the shiny black suit, chest-open shirt and fly sunglasses. There was no mistaking it because nobody else looked like him. Tina […]