selected past writing at 42opus


The Adventure of the Mason by WASHINGTON IRVING

There was once upon a time a poor mason, or brick-layer, in Granada, who kept all the saints' days and holidays, and yet, with all his devotion, he grew poorer and poorer, and could scarcely earn bread for his numerous family. One night he was roused from his first sleep by a knocking at his door. He opened it, and beheld before him a tall, meagre, cadaverous-looking person.

'Hark ye, honest friend!' said the stranger; 'I have observed that you are a good Christian, and one to be trusted; will you undertake a job this very night?'

12 May 2008 | fiction, short story, classic



Dreams that no matter what button you push, the floors keep flicking past, 33, 34, 35, that you're walking on a long bridge, no land in sight…

2 December 2003 | poetry, prose poem


Arriving in One Piece by LAURA MADELINE WISEMAN

When I woke up without my little toe, I knew it was going to be the day.

2 September 2004 | fiction, short story, speculative fiction, magical realism


Forget-Me-Nots by CYNTHIA MARIE

Open on the desk Kafka

                                        is flying in his little bucket

     the drops of ink he spilled while becoming aloft

form the profile of a woman's swan neck…

2 December 2002 | poetry, love poem


The nearest Dream recedes—unrealized— by EMILY DICKINSON

The Heaven we chase,

Like the June Bee—before the School Boy,

Invites the Race—

Stoops—to an easy Clover—

14 September 2005 | poetry, classic

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