Arrivals, or: Departures

An American sentence: After visiting her child abroad, she returned to a changed Russia. What's an 'American Sentence'? Allen Ginsberg, inventor of the American Sentence, felt that the haiku didnโ€™t work as well in English. Ginsberg decided to remove the line structure of the haiku, maintaining the requirement of 17 syllables total. He felt that… Continue reading Arrivals, or: Departures

The Paris flight

Merle's muscles loosened, as the notes of Delibe's "Flower Duet" wafted into the bathroom. Lakmรฉ was her favorite opera. The Paris flight would be leaving now; and Merle wouldn't see Luca again for at least another week. Her unfaithful husband's "extended business trips" regularly dragged on for undefined stretches; their most recent bitter disagreement of… Continue reading The Paris flight

Waiting ahead, or: Below

Poetry Partners #101 'Ode to the Unknown Road.', a poem by Marion Horton of 'Writing Whatnots' Safe, small, sweet And satisfying. Images buzz gently under The cup of my palms. The buzz becomes a Rumbling purr, Furry and mildly demanding. A nudging wet nose pushes at my hands, Widening my hold, Forcing my wrists apart.… Continue reading Waiting ahead, or: Below

South of Ukraine, or: Not by Russia

My 1st Sparrowlet South of Ukraine... not by Russia... Stuck in Moldova... Gosh, such a frustrating and unforeseen pain that my wife is there and thus - a traveler stranded with no plane... Not by Russia... South of Ukraine... d'Verse prompt: The Sparrowlet At d'Verse, poets were prompted to try their hands at constructing sparrowlets:… Continue reading South of Ukraine, or: Not by Russia

The skeptic’s kaddish for the atheist, 46

I continue attending minyan every day, despite having completed the traditional 11 months of orphan's kaddish. I continue standing alone at the back, feeling forever a faithless foreigner. Why do I - go? care? bother? ... always the same tired questions. Putting aside the old, stubborn basics, it is the kaddish that most draws me… Continue reading The skeptic’s kaddish for the atheist, 46