Here is another of those two-sentence stories with poetry added. I’m thinking of them as “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.


The middle-aged man sitting alone in the front row, a half-dozen women scattered through the rest of the seating, the pretzels and coffee maker on the table in the back, the three teenage girls peeking in the door and retreating, and no one making eye contact – Perri had seen it all before. Fantasies of literary success had long since faded into the reality of giving author talks at libraries and coffee shops and yet, as she began to speak, she noticed the man in the front row sit forward just that little bit, the teenagers slip into seats at the back, and the women stop their shuffling; all of them raised their eyes to her.

Surely there’s a word
a kind of understanding
I can give to you
(Haiku 383)




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“You Are Never Lonely If You Have A Good Book” – acrylics on masonite, 2011

6 thoughts on “Author

  1. This is lovely.. both the words and painting. Is the painting yours, too? You have captured the reading scene so completely, with such swift strokes and have done the same with your painting. I’m a fan.

    • Thank you. I was thinking of a couple of years ago when I participated in an author event at our local library, not that I was speaking or anything, but how it felt to me. Exactly it, the hope, in the face of disappointment, and then some redemption, all mixed together. I always try to go to any event people I know are involved in like this, just for this reason.

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