Tag Archives: Danny Earl Simmons

There’s No Quiet in Her Silence

unless you consider the wail of a glacier as it splits down the middle under the shimmer of Aurora Borealis, the crack of lightning striking the crook of a branch so thick it creaks and crackles on its slow fall … Continue reading

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Mommy Mode

I nibble and tease, search for the switch that flips her from the kids’ to mine. Maybe backgammon the way she likes to play it – no one tries to win. I could do dishes while she lingers in the … Continue reading

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Blogosphere

Every fifth gumball is laced with the thin green film of Corporate America and an odd fascination for Cuban cigars. Cadillacs cause cancer. When read from the stratosphere, the U.S. Interstate Highway system spells beefsteak tomatoes in Cherokee. (We all … Continue reading

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Our Son Cries

your heart is a cracked accordion filling fast with salt – Patrick Rosal My ex-wife called to tell me this. Well, not exactly this. She called for money I’d already paid. As an aside, in passing, she added this: Our … Continue reading

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Hymns

Only eighteen months out of practice, I hum lullabies to this youngest of my sons of my jaded middle-age as he sleeps like a furnace swaddled against my chest. His mother steals a few hard hours alone in bed with … Continue reading

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He Is Six and She Is Three

when they’re sent to spend what’s left of their innocence with their aunt, the older sister of their now-dead mother – beaten to death with the fists of their now-imprisoned father who loved them both with a rage so red … Continue reading

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Unremembering

You are drifting into the black-and-white blur that divides reality from imagination. How long did my hand linger in the delicate small of your back? How deep was the green in your eyes the first time you let me see … Continue reading

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