You say you want the truth, and I want to give it to you—I mean you asked for it and I want to give it you. I mean—I do want to tell the truth but— to be honest I’m not sure I want to be the person that truth belongs to – but I want to … Continue reading "If I Were an Octopus by Marie Cartier"
Nicole stared at the blue water in the pool. It was so wet and so blue—Virgin Mary blue. It was so hot in Texas, she thought that over and over, ever since her parents moved the family to Fort Worth for her dad’s job. They were living at the Naval Air Station. It was … Continue reading "Virgin Mary Blue: A short story by Marie Cartier"
I have thought a lot about planting seeds—seeds I want to plant and of course grow– the new varietal of blue mustard green, for instance. It’s the thing to think about in fall– harvesting and planting. But what else? What if I could plant—anything. Anything at all. What would I want to grow? What would … Continue reading "A Plant that would Feed the World by Marie Cartier"
Do I feel safe in America- that’s what you want to know, right? Such a good question—and excuse me, but ridiculous. Four hundred and seventeen anti-LGBTQ+ bills have been introduced in state legislatures across the United States since the start of the year — a new record, according to the American Civil Liberties Union, as of April … Continue reading "Do I Feel Safe in America? by Marie Cartier"
I have not been in this room for three years- except to run in and out -the pandemic made me claustrophobic and anyway I usually need a coffee shop environment to write and we were in lock down so my wife and I transformed our living room to a coffeeshop, Fig and Hillary’s- so named … Continue reading "The Tree in my Front Yard by Marie Cartier"
Here you come again Twenty-three states banning drag, 100 bills being considered Just when I’m about to make it work without you F*** you GOP You look into my eyes and lie those pretty lies Abortion is settled law Gay marriage is settled law And pretty soon I’m wondering how I came to doubt … Continue reading "Pride Season 2023 by Marie Cartier"