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October 9, 2007


How long have we been walking?

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One, Two, Three…
They add up behind us
Nine, Ten, Eleven…
And we keep walking forward.
Seventeen, Eighteen, Nineteen…
It doesn’t seem like we have been going long, but soon
(Thirty-One, Thirty-Two, Thirty-Three…)
The place we began seems far away, and we can
(Forty-Four, Forty-Five, Forty-Six)
Hardly see where we came from – it lies behind us,
Farther away every moment,
And if we keep walking, soon the hellish images will fade,
And perhaps we will even stop counting, stop thinking about what lies behind us
And stop ducking every time a jet flies low overhead.

Posted by: Locust Eater at October 9, 2007 5:07 PM · Permalink

Siamese Twins

Barry and Steven had been together a long time. They had been through bonding moments, and they had battled each other with raw emotion.

Today, as they labored along the footpath, people buried their heads under their umbrellas, pretending not to notice the pair.

"Damn train and fucking rain! Hey, I'm a poet and didn't even know it," Barry grudgingly mused to Stephen.

"You may be a poet but I'm a mathematician; late meeting plus early train multiplied by downpour equals my wet ass walking home,” Steven countered.

"Your ass?!"

"I'm tired of that joke. Shut up and keep walking."

Posted by: Rick at October 9, 2007 6:07 PM · Permalink

Arrrgh. Steven, Stephen. I need to go to editing school.

Posted by: Rick at October 9, 2007 8:17 PM · Permalink

I'm a newcomer to the drabble genre and am thinking of making it my focus for a Master's Degree in Creative Writing through the University of Pretoria, South Africa.
The few drabbles I've handed in for class discussion have sparked a lot of interest and my professor has lauded the stripped-down, disciplined style of writing it has introduced into my stories. Of course I'm quite chuffed but nothing I've yet 'drabbled' is nearly as good as Jim's "The Road to Hell."
Stark apocalyptic fair.
Almost a bit like drabble sites.
Sparse I mean.
Or am I wrong?
- Eugene

Posted by: Eugene at October 26, 2007 11:51 AM · Permalink

Flash fiction is a 'genre'?


Posted by: Jim Parkinson at October 27, 2007 4:54 AM · Permalink

Check before you post!