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The other morning I ran into Local Writer. No, not our famous local writer, though one does see her around town. You likely haven't heard of this other one, unless you're local and connected to the literary scene. Her one novel appears to have stayed clear of the major selling platforms-- though I acknowledge that lucrative writing and quality writing often book separate rooms. Frequently, they're not even staying in the same hotel. In any case, she sometimes organizes salons of a sort, writers and artists and performers. These events do mix things up a fair bit. Local musician playing an instrument here, local actor delivering a monologue there. Hey, it's her salon. My wife and I, in the past, have sometimes been invited. I write. She sings. Local Writer asked about my wife. She also mentioned that, with COVID restrictions lifting somewhat, she'd held another event, and noted how well she thought it had gone.

I shrugged. "I'm glad. It's the first we're…

"Alla, the roses are brown." I went into the kitchen. She was washing the dishes. The roses were important to her.

She put down the plate and dishrag and trotted out the back door. Her roses were wilting in the hot sun.

"Oh no."

"What's going to happen now?" I asked.

"We have to prepare." She ran upstairs to gather her things. She had a small black bag just for a case like this, wishing she didn't have to.

"We're going to the hospital," she ordered, "Now!"…


the bones of the house still smoldering
scarecrow still perched at the apex
bowing down, meant to serve
a lightning rod, a scapegoat


what's been destroyed never really goes away
it merely becomes "the place where it used to be"
you can't burn away the ashes
nor the memories

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