Week 39 – Table #2

Hard Night

I lay down my head to sleep…

Big, beautiful sleep.

The nighttime sounds of insects and cars driving down the street waft through the open windows.

I think I’m asleep within moments.

As I stretch awake, I consider dreams that are already fading.

The car crash, the stretcher, the jewelry on the table beside the bed.

My heart races as I sit upright.

Dreams. Just dreams.

The sunlight streams between the blinds.

All is well.

Damn, I slept hard!

Week 39 – Table #1

Extended Summer Weekend

It was like the holidays – everyone sitting around the table, eating, laughing…

Yet, it was different – barbecue, picnic tables and wet kids.

Summer fun was well underway, and nothing brought family together like burgers, dogs, and beer!

There was constant splashing in the swimming pool and the sound of post-corn on the cob teeth-sucking.

The uncles were off to the side, showing the kids how to shoot watermelon seeds, and then letting the kids loose to raise hell.

There were rumors of a water fight, but the uncles put an end to that real quick, by throwing the kids in the pool one after another.

As the night drew closer, no one wanted to go home, so someone started a fire pit, and the Jell-o shots were passed around.

There was some singing (and some caterwauling!), but for the most part, there were stories told and good memories being made.

In the morning, there was some grumbling as each family went their own way –

Some to breakfast, and some back home.

And they were all happy.

Week 38 – Grow #2

The Rally

“I got this,” she said.

Looking her in the eyes, I saw the quiet confidence and stepped aside.

She looked at me again, not sure if she really was ready.

It broke my heart to see her firm her jaw and pull aside the curtains.

The rally was already out of control, and I had a bad feeling.

But she was born for this, and we had all seen her grow in the heat of the lights.

By the time she stepped to the microphone, sirens had begun to wail.

She began to shout. They began to shout.

And a man appeared from the confusion.

He kissed her.

She touched her mouth as if she’d been slapped.

She blindly reached for him and planted a kiss on his lips.

The crowd started laughing, unsure of what was going on.

As the rain started, I could tell that she wasn’t so sure of what to do anymore.

But I was just as stunned as everyone else, and didn’t even think to go after her.

And I realized that I was laughing, too.

Everyone was laughing.

They threw flowers on the stage for her – it was amazing!

And the next day, even the cynical newspapers ran headlines that included the words “love” and “laughter”.

After years of percolating hate between Americans,

A kiss. And laughter.

Diffused the anger and misconceptions.

And for at least one day, it changed the world.

Week 38 – Grow #1

Zen Environment

Little sapling

I watch from afar

You grow tall and proud.

Oh wise tree

Growing in the woods

Do you ponder whether

You’d make noise if you fell

And no one was around?

Week 37 – Catalog #2

The Museum

The museum of random modern art is just as quirky as its’ name.

Located on a corner near a busy intersection, the colorful doors invite you to your own unique experience.

At the main desk, you can pick up a headset that gives you a wi-fi enabled tour experience.

While they play randomized snippets of songs chosen to make your experience more random than you can handle, you can meander past exhibits and feed into the randomness.

You can stop at the vizualisation station and pick a random set of glasses that show you a potential path through the museum. Hint: Each path ends at the gift shop!

What a joy to pick through the random pieces of modern art!

Look! It’s a picture of the melted front end of a cop car caused by the exhaust of an M1 Abrams tank! Its’ title? “Tanks a lot! Waa waa…”

There’s a sculpture of a feline, made entirely of wood! Look closely, and you’ll see the name “Cat of log (get it? Catalog?)”

Oh, the laughs!

Oh the sights!

Is that a burning bag of poo in the corner, or is it just a burning bag? You better find out!

It’s neither! It’s a hologram!

Any guess what it’s called?

Yep, that’s right!

This museum is something you’ll never forget!

Week 37 – Catalog #1

The Gift

The big day was coming, and I tirelessly searched for the right gift.

I searched the department stores.

I searched the hardware stores.

I searched the jewelry stores.

I searched the pop-up kiosks.

I searched the bookstores.

I searched the beauty stores and bath stores.

I looked in pet stores and farm co-ops.

I looked in recreational stores.

I looked in restaurants.

I scoured catalogs, and online specialty sites.

I looked in wine shops and craft beer stores.

And in the end,

I simply pulled out a pen and a sheet of paper.

I drew a heart, then ten.

I dipped my pen into the inkwell of my heart.

And the words of pure love ran across the page.