Here is another of those two sentence stories with poetry added. They are “Minuscule” and quick to read.

Read the first Minuscule, the explanation of why I wrote it and got started on this idea, and search under the category Fiction/Poetry Combination for others in the series.


I see myself at that shipboard dinner, the whole night a performance in black-and-white-old-movie style, me a credulous young woman drunk on glamor and all but dazed stupid by the radiance of the man who sat at the head of the table next to me. I left the ship at the next port, one day later, briefcase in hand, repeating the mantra that had served me so well for so long: Make no memorable conversation and leave no trace of your spying.

the late-night dinner
the languid conversation
I pick your pocket
my sideways smile-beguile dance
a routine that never fails
(Tanka 93)


visitors to the island 2014

Visitors to the island, 2014: paper dolls, mixed media.

14 thoughts on “Fascinate

  1. Well Claudia I love everything about this…those dolls! they really remind me of Marisol too. Another idea of yours I may have to steal…(K)

  2. I want to know what is in her briefcase? She is a mysterious woman. Love the paperdolls. And thanks Kerfe and RIVRVLOR for the reference to Marisol.

    • Thank you. I have some ideas what might be in the briefcase, but…I am enjoying the mystery. And Marisol is really something, I had no idea she existed nor of her work.

    • Thank you. That makes me feel good, it is what I am hoping to do (and hopefully not in a predictable manner). Because in two sentences I think mostly what I am doing is sending people off to make the story themselves, almost. Enough resolution to satisfy but there is always that open door…

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