response

Please, those of you who know my dedication to left activism, and what I stand for, and what I believe, try to listen to me with an open mind, without some rush to dispose everything you know about me as a person because I dare to voice a different perspective. I'm a human, an individual, …

Nothing To Fear, Nothing To Doubt

It’s early October, and the fields  across the road have erupted into  brambles, tangles of bitterly resolute life that the cats hide in on these gray late mornings, watching the  ceaseless state road traffic mired  by monolithic cotton harvesters and  balers, blinding green insect-like  machines soaring well above the  narrow and twisting pavement,  crawling mile …

Half Out Of Frame

When this last and sorrowful harvestoffers her bursting yields no more,and when our hands no longer trailupon summer’s vast golden reunions,consider us two as joined in sly fate,branch for branch along tepid rivers,as chickadees gather in the pine-tops. We have wandered far in our time,seen much that has swiftly blurredfrom endless backwards glances,amnesiac and brightly …

And If You Hear The Call, Don’t Wake Me When You Leave

Well then. This happened gradually and then suddenly, as the old saying goes. In a mere matter of weeks (really over the course of just a few days), COVID-19 has gone from late-night talk show punchline to all-encompassing apocalypse. Sit-down restaurants are banned from operating in Memphis city limits, and word on the street is …

It’s A Hard Road You’re Travelin’, You Can’t Walk It Alone

Its been too long since we’ve spoken, friend. Winter ebbs in these rural locales between spring-like balminess imbued with croaking frogs and a bitter chill that robs the skies and fields of all discernible color. My walks through the neighborhood at night have become lengthier affairs, stepping from pooled yard lights outside of shotgun shacks …

Let Roar These Fears, To The Whore Of My Tears

Following some temperate weather, the chill has returned. Gone are the previous weeks' room-shaking thunderstorms and breezy, balmy afternoons. Once again we're huddled within, heaters set on high, even the cats discouraged from venturing out into the frozen gloom. All continues as before, much in stasis: career decisions, future plans, health goals...each is suspended in …