Category: lit

‘Your surprise was a wonderful help to me in f…

‘Your surprise was a wonderful help to me in finding the clue of the whistling bagpipes!’

Take care of yourself.

Take care of yourself.

She ends it by asking a question that electrif…

She ends it by asking a question that electrified me when I first read it in 1992, and that, when my mother died four years later, I absorbed into my bloodstream, like an unspoken mantra:
Tell me what is it you plan to do
With your one wild and precious life?

Then she snuggled close to her husband’s…

Then she snuggled close to her husband’s back, thought of the precious child she carried, and turned her face toward family and home.

On the way home I decide that I’ll have to kil…

On the way home I decide that I’ll have to kill her too, for the sake of completeness.

The sound of the sea followed her all the way …

The sound of the sea followed her all the way home, part melody and part unending moan.

Then he took his wife in his arms and held her…

Then he took his wife in his arms and held her tight until all that remained of the birch on the hearth were glowing embers.

Then I left the house, thinking of a yellow el…

Then I left the house, thinking of a yellow elephant, and hearing the low purr of a chuckle somewhere in the vapors of that summer evening.

We went inside with the sun bright on our back…

We went inside with the sun bright on our backs and our shadows preceding us into the old house.

We’re going to order in tonight.

We’re going to order in tonight.