I have been astonished that Men could die Martyrs for religion – I have...– John Keats 13 October 1819
ONLY I CAME BACK
We went missing in the summer and only I came back. That’s what it felt like. Or perhaps it would be more apt to say that your father came home in the car with me, but only a major portion of him. Some of him, a significant minority, is still there in Tennessee. But, you know, a majority is enough to get things done. You were a tiny baby then and now you are a child. Your brother was a child then...
She, the mother of your children, said Fine, leave us here, leave the country. I’ll go to my parents’ house in Nantes. Come back to me when you’ve grown up a little. I said Fuck you, that’s never going to happen. And I was right.
MEN OF STICKS AND MUD
My piece published by HOUSEFIRE. HOUSEFIRE RULEZ OK.