I had a friend who lost a foot. She had a great outlook and it never held her back. There’s a black spot on my fingertip and it has to come off. My friend would have said, “You’ll live!” but I’m losing a partner – something that’s been there since the start.

Jun 26, 2021

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Play, humans… play.

Gave in – let them chip my brain. Now I see what I didn’t. All the lies & games. Finance is a game. Politics, medicine & information – games. Play, humans… play.

Jun 25, 2021

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The shopkeeper can’t believe what I’ll trade for a handful of bullets.
“A dollar?” he hollers. “Ain’t seen one of these since I was a boy.”
He’s old. “Since before the aliens?” I ask.
“Yup.” He has another long stare. “Take the rounds, and the chicken out back.”

Jun 24, 2021

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“Don’t fear,” says the old speaker. The audience gasps as blood trickles from his mouth. His skin is grey, eyes glassy. “Death is not a vile corruption.” A girl in the back row passes out. The old man holds his chest, falls down in pain. “It is a fragile flower.”

Jun 24, 2021

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I used to sweep piles of dead fireflies off the porch, from under the bug zapper. The valley was filled with them – tiny lights that salted the night till dawn. The city released frogs to control them and the glitter died with a croak.

Jun 23, 2021

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Sunrise always. Look, tulips! And orchids – water lilies & bleeding hearts. This is my garden. A rose. I touched the thorn. Awake now, bruised in my prison cell. It’s too late for my tormentors. Now I know which way is out.

Jun 22, 2021

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The big band plays swing and everything’s palatial – wedding-white & gold. A dame sits down – orders a martini. She’s a beauty, alright. I try to exude confidence, but she’s holding all the cards. The Trojan empire fell for less.

Jun 22, 2021

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In summer the tribes come to the place of the Tall Stones. There is a new light in the sky – like the Sun God, but red and not as great. The old ones say many will die, then it will go and none will know of it.

Jun 21, 2021



My helmet is a bubble carved from a single piece of flawless crystal. I peer into the abyss and can’t see much. Just dark, murk & bubbles – even with lights. Something just swam past. There are things down here – hungry things.

Jun 20, 2021

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Jun 19, 2021

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