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He’s a Monster

Published November 30, 2018 in Elizabeth , Stories from Italy - 0 Comments

A Monster

She’s aggrieved.

About a man, naturally.

He said one thing and did another.

Like all men do, he lied.

He said he loved her

and then left town with someone else.

He’s a monster. A monster with a heart of stone.

And he had the gall to come back

all full of conquest and bluster.

She never wants to see him again.

But he wants to see her.

And can’t understand what he has done.

She won’t answer the door.

He waits outside all night in the rain.

Calls from the street below.

The neighbor tells him to shut up.

He apologizes, and is brought coffee and bread.

“Let him starve”, she says,

closing her shutters and going back to bed.

The Baldwin

Published September 14, 2017 in Elizabeth - 0 Comments

The Baldwin

Sat on a hard bench for hours.

Piano lessons and piano playing

were a special kind of psychological terror.

The drive to the piano teachers house

always seemed to degenerate

into a knock down drag out scream fest.

Once inside, Elizabeth just wanted

to find something to laugh about.

Escaping into the silliness

of the piano teacher

who smelled faintly of gin

and had the patience of a carnival barker.


Published April 29, 2017 in Elizabeth - 0 Comments

A 55 word story about a woman searching for her ideal man.

Atheist and doesn’t believe in horoscopes.

In a godless world one must have order.

Good grammar, good manners and perfectly manicured nails.

Her ideal man is older, smarter, taller, richer and more organized.

Except she’s really smart, wealthy and anal retentive.

Reducing the pool just a bit.

She’ll find him, as long as it takes.


She’s very clear about what she wants and determined to get it.