I recall one summer I hadn’t spoken to my friend Jody for almost a month. It wasn’t malicious or anything, I just didn’t ring her house. I was waiting for her to contact me rather than the usual me contacting her. I knew Jody had been hanging out with Rachel. I didn’t care much for … Continue reading An Adolescent Tale
The bar was dark and smokey, the people loud and rowdy. Every other Saturday night the local bar has karaoke and anyone who drinks in this town, that is mostly everyone, was there and anyone who didn't drink in this town, that was hardly anyone, was also there. It was karaoke night which means anyone … Continue reading The Woman
This is what I dreamt: I attended a two day lecture to fill my time because I had so much of it. On the first day I walked out of the lecture hall and hurried to get some lunch, although I had all the time in the world and I wasn't all that much hungry, … Continue reading Dream a Little Dream, Sweetheart
I was drinking at a local bar with an old girlfriend of mine, she was in the company of her fiance, so I was the third wheel. We were reconnecting after 10 years of hardly meeting or talking with each other. I went away to college and then grad school and she stayed in our … Continue reading うらぎり
Trigger warning: this piece has a LOT of negative things to say about Americans. However, it is from tough love that I say all this. I think our country is great and we SHOULD be doing better, we have the most potential out of all the countries in the world. I consider myself the least American … Continue reading UnAmerican
I walked around Kabukicho, the most disgusting place in Tokyo if I do say so. I walked the streets and observed Kabukicho's red-light district. I mean, I fucking looked around--intensively at the people, the buildings, the type of shops and bars. Naturally my nose scrunched up, my lips frowned, and my eyebrows pinched together with … Continue reading Red Light
He awakes from his dream and sees his wife pull her high wasted jeans over her dark blue thong. He finds it beautiful, the contrast of the navy blue and her porcelain white skin is radiant. She leaves the room to the kitchen where she begins making their lunch. He groggily gets up and follows … Continue reading XXX
She found herself looking into a mirror. She was looking, but didn't see herself. She was looking deep, so deep, that if she reached out and touched it she would walk through it. She was looking deep, so deep, that she believed it was an opened door to a better life.
Spaghetti. I was thinking I will try to make us really good spaghetti for dinner that night. Earlier that morning I watched a cooking show on Youtube where a man, I don't recall his name, made a delicious tomato sauce, well, he made it sound delicious. I remember he said the secret is to cook … Continue reading Chapter 17: Three Days Prior
She meets her friends in the parking lot of her co-ed dormitory. They drove 3 hours to spend one night with her. The campus is almost empty, most students went home to spend Winter Vacation with their families. She plans to return to her hometown on Monday after her Psychology exam. Her friends Mo and … Continue reading Take a Trip by L.S.Dee
The GateShe's home alone. She just made a box of Kraft Macaroni and Cheese--little milk, lots of butter, adds some pepper, and eats the entire box in one sitting. As she puts her bowl into the sink she hears a faint knock on the door. Who could that be? She walks to the front door … Continue reading The Gate. The Taunt.
Meg walks to Hatagaya Station and boards the train heading towards Shinjuku. She is meeting a friend for drinks. Meg, being guarded and a bit cynical, doesn’t consider the girl a friend, Meg’s only met her twice and both times she found the woman a little uninteresting. She doesn’t want to judge her and honestly, … Continue reading Lone
She and her best friend, they consider themselves soul sisters, walk down the old train tracks just behind her family’s townhouse on the outskirts of town. The grass has grown over the tracks for nearly half a century. As they walk she glances down at the rotting railroad ties and rusted spikes and thinks of her Father, … Continue reading Sunshine
Note to friends, family, lovers, and strangers: If you go to the kitchen to make yourself a snack: put the things you used away. If you go to the living room to watch tv and eat your snack, when you are finished: bring your dish back to the kitchen. If you see dishes in the … Continue reading Not My Usual Story
The sun went down hours ago. The dark sky is lit by yellow street lamps and a half moon, if you come upon a lampless street you can see endless galaxies in the heavens above. The coastal town is no more than 10 miles round: the lake curves on one half, while a highway and … Continue reading Midnight Stroll
On the local train from Tokyo to Shizuoka S listens to music and meditates in preparation for his big event. He's entering a dance battle, the winner receives $300, a plaque on the wall, and social media exposure. He's been a member of the Japan dance scene for 13 years and is well known in … Continue reading S Time
If you do not have an already established base of people to communicate with, perhaps you are in danger of becoming a recluse.
Separating the bay from the land are large boulders in the shape of 3 cornered jacks, reminding him of a 5th grade field trip to a ghost town. He and his classmates sat on the porch of the old Town Hall and played the ancient game, throwing the ball as high as he could so … Continue reading Alien
Meg reminisces about a college professor who gave her unexpected confidence. The Professor handed back the graded papers and said to her, "there is a poet in you." She remembers writing that particular piece quite vividly. She was driving down the highway along the coast of Lake Michigan from her hometown back to her college … Continue reading The Start of a Poet
She enters Yoyogi Park through a side gate. It's not a secret, but if you don't know its there chances are you wont notice it. When entering this gate within two steps you are blocked by a big tree, but once you go around it you’ll find a dirt path that leads to the park. … Continue reading Yoyogi Park