“And the rocket’s red glare…”
In a wide-eyed gaze he stared
heard the sounds of cannon and musket
“the bombs bursting in air”
paradise was obliterated
swatting at bugs, ignoring the moist stench
“Gave proof through the night”
trudged forward into a world resembling a mirage
life was put on hold by madness
“That our flag was still there”
he shook himself back to reality
freedom comes with a cost
Happy Forth of July to my fellow countrymen
I thought being a wing walker would have been a cool thing. If you were lucky, you’d be colorfully costumed, strapped and cabled to a wing flying high above a Crosby /Hope movie. We are in a new century where movies are made by amateurs and people will do anything unusual to be momentary stars. The latest thing is novices jumping off the wing of a plane with something strapped to your back. What’s on your back is a surprise: Sometimes it’s a parachute other times it’s a jet pack, and occasionally its lunch. Did I mention the live streaming?
This Flash Fiction was written for a photo prompt of two people sky diving into a metro area off a building or a wing.
Beauty of Baltimore
Luz last night the hellioned beast raised its ugly head in NewCago.
The gangs have unleashed their secret weapon.
They circled the opportunity like a predator for months
Fires are burning all over NewCago and there are just too few good people to put them out.
Those who had a job have one no longer.
Most have lost their meager possessions.
Young men are empowered with hatred.
The police are behind their iron clad doors.
Leaders had their speeches prepared in advance.
Hearts have gone AWOL.
…and if I don’t find a way to extinguish these flames, NewCago will be nothing but ashes.
“Life in NewCago” is a fictional series. The protagonist, Sam, is trying to restore a city run by gangsters and most of the people helping Sam are dead. There’s not much a single individual can do to put out the flames even if he can’t be killed.
Baltimore, a city that I love dearly, is in a shambles today. Fortunately, there are community heroes who are trying to calm the heat. May those who care about their city prevail.
This is a rather sobering post for the letter X. I want to thank the A to Z Challenge coordinators for this month of blogging.
Photography: Baltimore by L. Moon
Some bloggers participating in the A to Z Challenge:
Today is the “O” for A to Z challenge. This week I am stepping into the writer’s circle and writing a week long serial set in the metropolis of NewCago. Its a bit of noir, crime and even some fiction. Though this is a serial, I do understand some of you will be dropping by via A to Z so you can read each day as stand alone microfiction.
The NewCago series – “Missed” , Never
I looked at my watch – 5 pm time for the cops to crawl into hiding.
I inhale Courage every night before 6. It’s my dead lover’s not mine.
A long blood curdling scream bites into the last flicker of day and night begins.
Decency’s doors are closed and it’s just me and the bad guys.
After banging around in the trashbin of Newcago, I needed a drink. I salivated at the thought of a tall one and a cheese steak.
As soon as I entered Tony’s, I noticed the dame – she was a looker. I couldn’t get a read on the guy beneath the brim.
“Yeah, the regular,” I nodded as I slumped on a stool. Sally and I go back to days when drinks came from the spigot behind the barn.
I couldn’t help but hear dollface gagging. I rushed to stop her fall; too late the white stuff was bubbling from her mouth, her eyes glazed over.
Something, besides the guy under the shadowy brim, was missin- the large sparkler around her wrist.
“Baby, Newcago is not for the likes of you. These gangsters are old school, girls are cheap…”
I bent over and looked in her vacant eyes. “Didn’t no one tell ya, the playing is for keeps!!!”
I slammed the gin and tonic down. Sal failed to muster a smile.
“Watch your back, Sam.” She whispered in the grey light before dawn.
There’s so much to enjoy about the A to Z Challenge in April – many people to meet and many fine posts to enjoy.
I was a golden key
fashioned just after time was turned
and I knew I had a purpose
but forgot all I had learned.
I placed myself in large hands
of those who perchance might serve
but one after another
got what they deserved.
And so I hung despondent
on a cold and lifeless tree
hoping for an answer
and one that would set me free.
I heard someone so cheerful
but she was so very young.
“What can a child do
when the others failed all and one.”
The sun hit just right
and she reached and stretched her hand.
She and I both surprised
for her height seemed to expand.
“I heard a story once,”
her voice so sweet and low.
“Yes,grandmother knew it well.
A key with a golden glow.
I dont remember all
but let me linger now.
We will go back and see
what if time had cast a spell.”
So the girl and I sat
for a long and timeless while
but I really did not mind
she had such a winsome smile.
“Yes, I remember”
she patted me in her palm.
“You open up a place
by singing a forgotten song.”
She hummed and sang the songs
all the ones she had been told
and as I watched before me
this small child got very old.
She held me and it warmed me
and I began to glow.
A gnarled and weary door
in the tree began to show.
“There it is in the middle”
a keyhole she did find
and I was oh so happy
to at last meet my own kind.
We passed through the door together
she transformed into herself
so fairy like her beauty
and I a greenish elf.
Today’s Daily Post writing challenge asks the question:
You’ve been given a key that can open one building, room, locker, or box to which you don’t normally have access. How do you use it, and why?
I did not submit the following story today as it was an archived short story that I created as a continuation from an old Grimm’s Fairy Tale – The Golden Key was it’s title.
Other’s who have also written about the Key:
seeking for relief
aching of a broken heart –
love isn ‘t forever
“Analyze that Haiku “#2 gives us the opportunity to look around the above haiku 360 degrees and tell its story so here goes:
It had been a long summer. Nights never cooled below 100 and my coffee ground skin was always in some state of pealing. You had loved caressing that skin once or had it just been a mirage. Had I made myself believe that you couldn’t catch a wave the same way without me, that the crisp mountain air was dull when we couldn’t chase the fall leaves, and winter nights together well you said they took your breath away. My heart peals back revealing layer after layer of pain. When will I get to the end of you and memories…? This desert heat is more constant than your love even it can’t last forever.
… and then write a haiku:
your shoes wait at the door
Thanks to Kristjann Panneman for the prompt and inspiration.
Reflections in windows tease and haunt, showing what was, and what is no longer.
Demons, creatures, faces and things of terror live in almost everything.
It reflects her suffering, an enticing apparition. … begging for release.
My father told me they did ‘things’ to bad people on The Hill and I should stay away from there.
Their faces turn up, beseeching. I watch as they enter my opening maw.
Dark shadows of night interpose, greedily they suck the last drop of day.
Nothing will deny sky from its horizon.
Fingers clutch at the crumbling windowsill.
A picture forms in the panes of glass as it does every day before dusk becomes night.
I’ve realized that the window shows the truth. It only shows pain.
It was one of the few that still had glass in the barren building.
The writers for Pen of the Damned:
Jon Olson Zack Kullis Magenta Nero Craig McGray Nina D’Arcangela Leslie Moon Joseph A. Pinto Blaze McRob Thomas Brown Tyr Kieran Hunter Shea
The above is just a compiled teaser from this week’s selection of horror in 100 words. There are some tasty morsels at Pen of the Damned.
The photograph the work of Nina D’Archangela