Over the Lust-Horizon (a poem)

Look out to the horizon
From the shore, there’s so
Much to explore

The endless expanse of sea
And the orange-red canvas of sky
You, my love, with me
In the nuclear dawn
Times of love and comfort
Amid the troubles we ignore
On our blanket on the sandy shore
Remembering those gone
And those yet to come
Humanity’s resilient thrust
Reptilian creature-rhythm
And love-making in ritual beds
The bright stars above our heads
Soaked sheets, ecstatic minds
Hide and seek, what did we find?
Consummation of our vows
Spiritual marriage of soul-thieves
Dusty books on our shelves
Hot coffee and hot sex
Breakfast on the beach
Neon lust and capitalism-sin
Feeding the monsters within
The philosophers’ smirk and grin
Sages and ancient whims
Look out to the horizon
From the shore, there’s so
Much to explore

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Daily Quote: We All Need Somewhere to Belong

“Call it a clan, call it a network, call it a tribe, call it a family: Whatever you call it, whoever you are, you need one.” – Jane Howard

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The World is a Mirror (a tanka)

World is a mirror
Stare back, see the beautiful truth
Reflection is you
Give hate and get hatred back
Give love and feel the warmth

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Nico Ready for Some Football! (a photo)

I never thought I’d be the type of person who dresses up their dog. But, alas, here I am.

We’ve recently bought Nico an Eagles and Phillies jersey – the football and baseball teams of our city, Philadelphia. Our neighbors love his little outfits and they show off Nico’s Philly pride.

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On the Road to Tennessee (a poem)

On the road to Tennessee
Driving the highway for miles
Listening to music, feeling carefree
Rachel and I are all smiles

We’re surrounded by mountains
Driving through Shenandoah Valley
We stop in Knoxville’s downtown
The road trip makes us happy

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Cat Scratch Fever (a poem)

Songs, tales and myths
Have been told about cats
Cat Scratch Fever

But no one writes about
Twenty-pound dogs fighting
And you ending up in the ER

He’s happy to get in the car
He’s happy for the ride
He is intrigued by the door

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Perfect Match (flash fiction)

Here’s a piece of sci-fi flash fiction about algorithms, romance, and arranged marriages. It’s about 700 words and has an estimated reading time of 3 minutes. Let me know what you think!

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Hopeful Flame (a poem)

Her smooth skin is an illusion:
Inside, she’s tough like leather.
I don’t mean this cynically.

She’s seen catastrophe:
Yet, she persists.
Carrying a torch with a hopeful flame
That never dies out.

I don’t understand this.
She studies genocide,
Yet, she tells me everything
Will be okay.

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Summer Fun Down the Shore (a photo)

Photo taken in Ocean City, NJ, in summer of 2021.

My family and I recently spent a long weekend in Ocean City, NJ, soaking up the sun on the beach. In the Philadelphia and New Jersey area, we call this going “down the shore.”

Growing up, my family usually went down the shore every summer. I have some great memories of being at the beach, on the boardwalk at night, and discovering new music at the record stores in town.

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