“A Place For Us All Here”

They ain’t lying when they say it’s always darkest before dawn because it’s about a quarter of 6AM and the surrounding darkness is almost suffocating. I’m on a winding, two-lane highway which slowly and repetitively climbs up then dips down between heavy pines with dangling, skeletal fingers. Signs tell me that I’m fixing to cross …

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An End

The sun’s retreated beyond the piney treetops as I’m driving in my rickety-red truck due south. The heavy, low-hanging clouds are reflecting the sunset so brightly that the neon pinks and oranges seem unreal---a dramatic sky spray-painting. I’ve been on the road for over four hours hauling a trailer behind me which is carrying a …

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Steady, Steady, Sweet Soul

Above soaring, jagged rocks The world's weight tugging Heavily on your bones; Her mouth open wide and Ready for an easy meal... Wind whipping and howling With voices from deep underground, Voices that you swore were buried Beneath stone and time, Their smokey doubts swirling about... Above bird songs where Clouds roll with secrets; Air …

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West By God Virginia

It’s hovering around 10:00PM and although the sky has seceeded into the most navy of blues, the heat and humidity of a clear, July afternoon still hovers about, sticking to our foreheads. I’m sitting on the railing of the wooden balcony that wraps around the reception hall in which two of my very best friends …

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