Friday, December 16, 2016


I found him in the backyard, shining a flashlight up into the night.  

“Hey, buddy,” I said, trying not to let him see my recent panic.  “Whatcha doin’?”

He clicked the light, on-off, on-off.  “Talking to the aliens.”

“The what now?”

“The aliens, Daddy.  I’m asking them to come down and help.”

“Ah,” I said.  “But what if they’re evil aliens who want to conquer Earth?”

“I’m telling them we’re nice.”

“Okay.  I think you’ve done enough tonight.  Come inside now.”  I couldn’t keep from glancing back up at the sky as we went.  The stars were twinkling, on-off, on-off.

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Justice for All

She found God at last.  He was hiding in the cupboard, up on the top shelf behind the soy sauce.  "There you are," she purred.  "Come on."

He flinched away from her reaching hand, but she was quicker and caught him by the scruff.  His bulging eyes goggled at her.

"You made this world," she told Him.  She gestured widely.  "All of this."

He nodded.

"You've got a lot to answer for."  Her grip tightened, slowly, and He wriggled, but in the end, it was surprisingly easy.  "Now," she said, wiping her hands on her jeans, "to get to work."