selected past writing at 42opus


Wandering Willie's Tale by SIR WALTER SCOTT

What his wife mentioned of his being a tale-teller as well as a musician now occurred to me; and as, you know, I like tales of superstition, I begged to have a specimen of his talent as we went along.

28 November 2005 | fiction, short story, classic


Bohemian Hat Trick by LORI LAMOTHE

Last week, as you rode your bike home in rain

after cheating with a girl with hair the colors of hell,

you texted you'd been hit by spiritual lightning.

I want to be hit by spiritual lightning!

All evening I stood out on yellowed lawn

chanting in trimeter, holding a matched set of forks.

17 June 2008 | poetry


Left, No Arrow by REBECCA GIVENS

Not always another chance is coming. Not

if you are lit on fire and keep the sad news

to yourself.

5 June 2006 | poetry


When I consider how my light is spent, by JOHN MILTON

When I consider how my light is spent,

  Ere half my days in this dark world and wide,

  And that one talent which is death to hide

Lodged with me useless, though my soul more bent

To serve therewith my Maker, and present

  My true account, lest He returning chide;

11 June 2008 | poetry, classic, sonnet, rhyme


Cadenza for Ne Me Quitte Pas: Solo Boy or Girl by CHAD FARIES

Let me become

the shadow of your shadow

and after all this explaining

I'll recite insane words…

2 December 2001 | poetry

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