Archive for February, 2013

15 MINUTES TO SHAME

Posted: February 21, 2013 in Uncategorized

2:02 a.m.

It is dark,

barren,

hollow,

the endless red light

incinerates my insolent eyes.

2:05 a.m.

Every guidepost seems green,

but mine.

Malfunction?

2:07 a.m.

Still red

REd

RED

the light glows.

Skimming,

I see no protect-and-serve vehicle,

no vehicle of any sort

none to the left

right

front

behind –

All is clear,

so it is then

I  chose

to pound the pedal of power,

screeching forward

the tires fight the road

when the road releases

my car flies forward

and immediately

flashing lights

inflict my mirrors –

red, blue, red, blue, red, blue .

I pull my car to the side,

place it from drive

to park

roll down the window,

ignition off

and wait,

wait,

wait.

2:11 a.m.

The officer tediously inspects my license,

then my face,

again to my license.

He leans down

triggering

a silent demand

for me

to look

his way,

so I do,

and it is then

that he finally denounces

with a tone tinged with apprehension

“Pastor

Paul?”
With eyes down,

stomach curled,

my lips first hesitate to acknowledge his quest for an answer,

then with a laden whiskey whisper

I respond…

“Yes”.
Breathalyzer,

handcuffs,

cold

hard

back-seat.

2:17 a.m.

PUSHED

Posted: February 8, 2013 in Uncategorized

Standing

side by side,

on the cliff’s

formidable edge,

the man pointed

to  the canyon’s ravine

which lie –

thousands of miles

down –

to the bottom.

It was not a sight seeing gesture

no

but rather

a heedful warning.

He told her the words,

“If you ever

Ever

try to leave me…”

She stood silent,

as usual,

but as unusual

she began to have thoughts

thinking

of  all the…

apologetic bruises,

her  sleepless nights,

the shift in people’s eyes

when their engagement had been announced.

Thinking

of all the…

warnings

from others,

friends,

family

and how she was just sure,

they did not understand

Thinking

of all the…

“never again” lies

her guilt of causing such things

She gazed at her gold band gauntlet

cuffed

to her left ring finger,

then glanced, looking, examining

his face

which scowled as if fighting with the air.

“Til death

do we part?”  She questioned,

observing his response.

He nodded,

YES,

She sighted

began to head back to the car

when then

she stopped a few steps in

thinking

of

what if?

what if she?

He made not a move

noticing nothing

and from somewhere

which seemed

from out of nowhere

she suddenly turned

charged

running towards him.

and then

just as he  turned around,

she rammed his body –

feet flew

from underneath him

as he desperately grasped for clumps of air

to pull him back

and in the moment upon knowing his fate

his face

pasty pale

with  eyes bulged

as if trying to escape from their sockets

and backwards

he fell

over

off the cliff,

Thunk

Thunk

Thudunk.

Hesitant,

she looked over the edge

where his body lay

mangled

motionless.

Her lips celebrated with a smile

then declared:

“Well my dear,

I now pronounce us…

de-parted.”