Month: September 2016

BRISKET BY IRVING A GREENFIELD

Okay, I’m going to make, actually cook it, following a very simple recipe I found on the internet under, of course, “HOW TO MAKE BRISKET.” I thrive on the simple because my culinary skills are, at the very least, twelve or more levels below the worst sous chef.

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THE MECHANIC BY JENNIFER WATKINS

That summer, when the plane touched down in Atlanta, my hair was still windblown from the Colorado Rockies. My mother’s words echoed as I stepped onto the tarmac: I’m bringing someone with me. I saw him before he saw me: Red-faced, gripping a row of avocado chairs. Well-worn blue jeans, shirt tucked tight. Slicked-back hair, two-day stubble, with his oil-stained fingers wrapped around my mother. “You’re pretty, just like your mama,” the mechanic drawled, all yellow-toothed smile. I glared at him, and the teeth disappeared. We rode from Atlanta to Conyers in silence.

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THE FLIGHT TO THE MEKONG RIVER BY CATHY CHASE

We knew the Red Pathet Lao, communist soldiers, would be coming to kill us. To them, we were traitors. We had to leave our homeland. The only place we could go was Thailand. It was a two-week walk through the jungle, the lowlands and then across the wide Mekong River. The dark emptiness filled us all as we prepared to leave. We gathered up food, clothing, and some weapons, and strapped our bundles to our backs. Some of us carried two bundles with the others strapping on the babies and the small children.

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SILENCE BY DON MORGAN

my silence?
when it roars like a river and whistles in the wind,
when it comes as lightening to crackle on the sand,
will you know it then? will you know it then? my silence.

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