A GIFT: PRESENT AND TIME

The wrapped gift sits alone under the plastic tree. Lights that should festoon the night hang dull and dust encrusted. The cord that once connected to the power socket is unplugged. The door stands open and snowflakes drift in eddies into the cold hearth. The capsule that holds the memory in my child’s pale hands […]

THE BOOK OF PAST LOVE

Clutching the book to her heaving chest, Arabella ran into the garden. Delight was written on her face in anticipation of the shower of words that would cascade from her learned lover’s tongue. He sat alone, a dark figure, remote in contemplation. She knelt at his feet. A supplicant presenting a treasure. The book, bound […]

THE WITCH, THE MAD AND THE IRRELEVANT

The girl bit into the apple’s crisp flesh.  Juices flowed down her chin. The bee, attracted by her sweetness gifted her a seed, promise of a future generation. Wrapped as a present, it was opened immediately and the treasure became her life’s work. She tended her garden. Thriving under good skies it soon filled with knowledge […]