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Predators

Predators A mountain lion was recently hit by a car near here. Drivers stopped and watched the juvenile cat, which lay in the middle of the road. Eventually, stunned but unhurt, it stood up and bolted for the woods. As … Continue reading

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“Hansel and Gretel”

Hansel and Gretel I walked through the LaVista Park woods yesterday. It was easy to get distracted, by birds, strange animal sounds coming from the trees, the people walking their dogs. And new this year, the disc golf course, where … Continue reading

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Sorry

Sorry Empty room walls painted white. No windows. A door across from me. I lie on the floor. Ewing Baldwin, holding two cans of beer, swigs one, crushes the can and tosses it, watches me. He puts the unopened beer … Continue reading

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Gifter

Gifter From just after eight o’ clock this morning until sunset, the male, red-bellied woodpecker who lives with his spouse and kids in a tree in my front yard, worked the birdfeeder in the dogwood tree. Every third visit, the … Continue reading

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The Waitress

The Waitress She is young, African American, and she’s exhausted. The restaurant where she waits tables had a stove malfunction, and customers are getting impatient. She keeps walking to my table and apologizing, and I keep reassuring her: it’s okay, … Continue reading

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“The ‘Book of Mark’, Prince James Version”

“The ‘Book of Mark’, Prince James Version” I had been doing extensive research in the archives of Yale University’s “The Religionist Records,” on the origins of the New Testament. I came upon a manuscript called, The Holy Bible: Prince James … Continue reading

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James Son of James

James Son of James Rain falls at 4 a.m., December 8, And I stand and soak and shiver Alone in the pre-dawn darkness. It is so much easier to cry, in rain:   Am I the old man sliding across … Continue reading

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Book It

Book It Missouri Attorney General Jay Ashcroft, a Republican, is proposing banning books that he fears might, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, “appeal to the sexual interests of minors.” The commies from the ACLU are fighting him. Were I … Continue reading

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270 Words

270 Words I was driving east on Alton’s beltway headed for the mall library? when a ginormous white teen boy and his tiny black girlfriend calmly held hands and stepped onto the highway and crossed not looking left or right? … Continue reading

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Quantum

Quantum The air is sharp. The sun is cloud-cloaked, light escaping its flimsy white negligee, and tufted titmice glow grey-orange and blue jays are ornamental. The afternoon is soft the breeze is coldsoft, and acorn caps rise sideways and roll … Continue reading

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