The Circle, Part Four

Part One Part Two Part Three Before Gram could force her mind on to a more pleasant memory than the Wickwester Disaster which, after all,  happened 71 years ago,  she heard voices outside her door.  “So, Dr. Johnson, what’s your expert diagnosis?” “You don’t have to be sarcastic. All I’m saying is I don’t think […]

I Thought You Were Dead

His apartment was on the second floor of a three-story building.  On the top lived a woman and her five-year-old son.  She was married to a captain in the Croat army.  He was usually at the front, although sometimes he came home with his guns for a few hours of leave.  The fighting was only […]


Last winter the Serbs had positioned themselves just off the coast and bombarded the town.  They’d done it in retaliation for the Croats disabling a patrol boat.  His neighborhood had been hit and there were burned out houses around.  A few hours earlier, as the sun set, he was down on the shiny black breaker […]

Bakers White with Flour

She goes now into the shadowlands of my tearful breakdown and I follow encased in a poor recollection, panels of denial and dread.  I see her at play and in the way she holds her hands just so around her face.  Pirates sail across her wake and the water rises through our house floating the […]