Demolition Day

"Five. Four. Three--" Local news cameras panned to the protestors clustered around the barricades. "Two. One." Silence. The brick building seemed to lift from its foundation, and hang, suspended. Onlookers clicked photos with their phones. Then crumpled in a thick cloud of grey and red dust. Birds shrieked and darted, and the delayed sound of …

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You Can Close the Light [Beauty of the World]

"Thanks for staying with me." Squeezing tighter. "Hmmm?" Their limbs a heavy tangle. "You can take over the bed now."  She rolls away. Releasing him. "You can close the light." Her laughter tickling his whiskers, she reaches for the switch. "What?"  His voice thick with sleep. "You're French when you're utura-utura." "Where are you?" Her …

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When Waves Turn Minutes to Hours

His shoulders hit the earth With a soft thump Curls sweep across his eyes "I'm checking down. Will you stay by me?" Frenzied fight, finally still At 535 feet The sea cradles her prize "Fitzgerald, we are about 10 miles behind you." Crushing, burning his lungs Pain searing, licking As a million barbed tongues The …

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