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My Hometown


Rusted guardrails and sidewalks lined with poison ivy.

49 Words (4.9% of a picture)


These are the rules. Write a story.

  1. Seven sentences of seven words.
  2. Each sentence begins with the successive word of the first sentence.

 

And now…..

Broccoli and My Feelings for You: A Breakup Story

“I don’t think I want broccoli tonight.”

“Don’t starting making demands—you’re not deserving.”

Think first, he mused, and then speak.

“I am tired of you saying I’m unworthy–”

“Want to argue this now?” she responded.

“–Broccoli is a metaphor for our relationship.”

Tonight, he thought, this thing finally ends.

 

FIN

I read the news today, oh shit.


How can you stay active in the world, try and fight the good fight, and still leave the news out of it?

Ya can’t.

But then you seen in the paper that a man went into a burning building 5 times to save people, but only came out 4. Or that the activist daughter of Eric Garner (strangled to death by the NYPD, officers acquitted) has died at age 27, subsequent to complications from an asthma attack.

The murderers of 4  in Troy, NY were found, but the police still can’t bring themselves to say how they were killed, due to the brutality.

I need a break.

The muse, not the news.

I remember the day my clock radio went off, and instead of hearing Brahms, the local NPR (I was in Madison, WI) at the time, had switched to an all-talk format.

I’m going back to music on the box.

New Year


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September. Elul.

Children back in school, since before Labor Day, which is some sort of obscene perversion, that we all put up with form some strange reason. The lawn is a riot of different species, while my neighbor spends hundreds if not thousands on the boring monoculture of something as uninteresting as fescue, or bluegrass, or whatever it is they waste drinking water on. Not on my property. Glad there is no property owner’s association.

Hurricanes. Summer starting to die, and the prospect of another long New England winter lies ahead.

President ends DACA, pardons Arpaio, threatens nuclear war, while life proceeds with the torpor of normality. The dog is an excuse to get out of the house for a walk, the cats view the world from the windows, just feet from a bird who must know that eating the pokeweed berries is safe, a screen keeping the cats at bay. NPR on the radio too much, I have to do something about that.

Jewish New Year about to arrive. Even though mostly stripped of the religious trappings, the imprint of the years and the habit of intense self-reflection, with all of its painful realizations, ameliorated by going to spend time with family, my 1,000-mile distant support system.

 

 

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