His woman (murder genre)

Entering his hut, the triumphant hunter forgot the still-warm blood dripping from his hard-won carcass, as an unexpected smell of fear assailed him. His eyes sought his woman in the dim fire-light, finding her cowering with his children in the furthest corner. He recognized her terror, without understanding the cause. She crept forward to takeContinue reading “His woman (murder genre)”

A catholic landay (politic)

(A landay is a small poisonous snake. The poetry form comes from how women in Afghanistan and Pakistan pass on messages in certain areas/circumstances, and is rigidly controlled in terms of syllables etc.) A Catholic Landay Our priest, the celebrated father his defrocked treachery confirmed my lifetime stigma

If I could change just one thing…

If I could change just one thing, you would discover a belly-laugh every day.   If I could change just one thing, there would be no racism, sexism, or ageism.   If I could change just one thing, you would enjoy a personal note, every day.   If I could change just one thing, bureaucracyContinue reading “If I could change just one thing…”

Winning post (that’s life)

Shirley sat high up in the grandstand, pressing herself against the back wall, invisible in the shadows. She watched the lone man far below, as he slowly lugged his heavy black rubbish bag along the concrete, where only hours before fortunes had been won and lost. Systematically picking up discarded race tickets with his clawedContinue reading “Winning post (that’s life)”

Romance – I wish! (Humor)

(This story was first published in ‘Romance’ Flash fiction anthology Oct 2019) Romance – I wish. How did romance pass me by? Eighty-one, and never received a red rose, a box of chocolates, a valentines card. No-one came to serenade me. The only time I’ve been swept off my feet was when I fell inContinue reading “Romance – I wish! (Humor)”

Window to the world (Humor)

(This story first appeared ‘Guilty Pleasures’ anthology 2019, published by ‘Things in the well.’) Businessman Tim fell in love with the ridiculously cheap high-rise apartment at first sight. His lawyer warned that the price reflected some mistake regarding the darkened windows. Tim wasn’t interested in views, so he didn’t care. Those windows provided safety; afterContinue reading “Window to the world (Humor)”