An Italian Lovestory (a Haiku)

Girl in black, with curly hair, A bowl of pasta And two forks in her right hand © 2018 Obliquity of the Ecliptic


Early October, 5:34pm

The sun was a silver smear in the cloudy sky It hurt my eyes and made me wonder Riding along the winding path How something so warm And so bright could be so cold When thinly veiled Unable to even touch The wind-whipped treetops Or the bat house on the lake side But then I … Continue reading Early October, 5:34pm


She went to the beach. It was a little strip of sand along the inky coast, just a short walk from the rocky cliffs that faced the Pacific ocean. She was alone, save for the occasional wayward gull. A gypsy child carelessly drifting along, as quiet and transparent as the gusts of wind whipping the … Continue reading Peonies

The Secret Life of Bees: A Review and Other Thoughts

The Secret Life of Bees, by Sue Monk Kidd, is a realistic-fiction novel set in the 1960s American South, where temperatures were high and racial tensions were higher. The Civil Rights Act of 1964 may have granted equal rights for all, but the long-standing divide between blacks and whites remained stubbornly in place, which is … Continue reading The Secret Life of Bees: A Review and Other Thoughts