Tropical Christmas

TROPICAL CHRISTMAS A Haiku Suite White-winged birds settle Softly on beach sands, sunlit, Dreaming of snowfall Proud pine trees festooned With coconuts, reminder Of the desert Christ. Vampires dream sweetly Of nights too long to measure And buy tickets...

The Longest NIght

Because you can never have too much vampire poetry…. This one is an (obvious) homage to the poetry of Robert W. Service. ————————— The Longest Night There is a land where the cold winds blow And blood runs...

Perfect Day

‘Perfect Day’ first appeared in the Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, March/April 2012 issue. ——————————– When Stanley Betterman awoke Monday morning he didn’t know that everyone else...

Bad Trip

In May of 2011 I volunteered to teach a writing workshop in a juvenile correctional facility in Sacramento. In order to encourage my students to engage with me, I invited them to join me in crafting a science fiction story. They could contribute whatever plot elements...

Thanksgiving

I see you walking down the darkened streets Wrapped in some secret, sullen loneliness, Your empty steps the only sound for miles, Your phantom thoughts an echo in the night. What drives you from the fellowship of man To these dark places, where no human voice Sings...

Trick or Treat

Celebrate, young ones Safe in the night What is the past to you? Costumes and makeup Candy delight Meaning enough for youth. Never mind darkness Never mind death Never mind Winter’s wrath It’s just a party Only a game Played along lighted paths. Once there...