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Elephant Ride

Our elephants are headed for dense jungle at dawn. Although they know the path well, the old man goads them on. And yet more than elephants go on this steamy day. My boys leave for adulthood, while I goad them … Continue reading

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Soaring

We ran off the cliff. A thermal caught us and we soared, tight circles up on a column of air. I landed, shaking, never so close to death, never so alive, my first time hang gliding off a cliff — … Continue reading

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Karma in a Plastic Bag

She said releasing the creatures would make merit, a boon for our souls for under a dollar. Freed from plastic, they spread into the water like goodness into the world. But would she recapture them early tomorrow, so the cycle … Continue reading

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It wasn’t the horses

Decades of tension evaporated when she loved her grandchildren, my children, so she came along to the dude ranch with us. She thought the horses caused her backache. It wasn’t the horses. So, newly close, I could help her die, … Continue reading

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Riddle on a Plate: What Am I?

Vitellus stares out from its wreath of albumen; cured and smoked belly strips dare. Fermented endosperm thanks magical fungus; lycopene flaunts from its sphere. Tuberous nightshade’s with musical fruit; spore-bearing wonders are near. Sliced pudding’s sincerely iron-ic. Clearly, there’s plenty … Continue reading

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An Invader Crept

I’d thought my boys were locked in snug against that hostile land, and sleep in the empty night would restore us, but they hadn’t been secure; an invader crept. Crushed under an angry heel, the menace turned to dust; my … Continue reading

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Might have been the fish tacos

For ten miserable hours, I leaned my weary forehead against the cool glass of the van. You don’t want to know what happened in every squat toilet between the Atlas Mountains and the sea at Essaouira. Let’s just say I … Continue reading

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Pura Vida Cruise

We ignored dark clouds in the distance, snorkeled drenched in sunshine, cheered dolphins that torpedoed by. The sky blackened and unleashed a whirlwind, thunderclaps and lightning booming, slamming, smashing. I cowered, but they cranked the music and danced Salsa on … Continue reading

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I Peppered His Feet

I explained an idiom, but he brushed me off, pretending he’d already learned it. ‘Cause he knew it all, that old Swiss boyfriend. My greatest victory: He told a new friend, “That really peppers my feet” and thought it was … Continue reading

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Abandon All Subtlety

Languishing in a boring bank, we talked music for hours and grew close through mixtapes we shyly exchanged. From “Purple Haze” to “Dixie Chicken,” friendship crept toward something more. How’d my next one end? “Why Don’t We Do It in … Continue reading

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