The Guy Who Fixes My Car

Amy’s just walking but he’s just talking hey now, she’s wondering, we were walking with no one talking what went wrong how… weed tops sway with the indistinguishable color of his tones. The sound of his voice is mowed down by a passing fire engine. He was saying something about others not paying attention And…

Broken Guitar

There are eleven acts, or songs in American Success Story. Pete Chandala is an ignominious factory worker in his mid fifties. The first scene songs, 1-2, begin with Pete losing his job and finding another one. The second scene songs, 3-5, tell of his childhood and the death of his mother and uncle. The third…

Chapter Five, American Success Story – Peace At Summer’s End

Pete Chandala, American Success Story Chapter 5, Scene 2, Act 3 Peace at Summer’s End by RJHoffman Last chapter, Pete has lost his mother as she is is crossing the road while coming to pick him up from school. He runs to see her bleeding in the road, and is so horrified he runs away….

Requiem For a Surgeon’s Son

Barry slows down and approaches the audi parked on the shoulder of the road with the driver’s door open. There is a motorcycle parked behind it and two men are fighting. Or rather, one man is beating up another. On the ground is an old man who appears to be unconscious. His face is badly…

Spring Cleaning

by Ronald J. Hoffman   I walk through the corridor I light the candle to see I brought the proof of what is prophecy. I walk in the room Discover the place I’ve been In the corner of the womb of our disgraced existence. I look upon the shelf pull down the book to see…

The Top of the Stairs

At the top of the stairs is a buzzing silence and a below zero chill It’s eleven PM and the powdered air is frozen to the wood boards clattering as I release them from my step On a wire above the tree a chickadee answers the sound of a cockatiel from inside   Copyright 2017…

The Old Horse

The old horse is led from the stable and taken behind the barn where he is fed dry hay and given a pale of water. But he is disinterested, dropping to roll instead and thrashing from the pain strangling his stomach. Mike the Vet has come to this farm nearly thirty years to tend the…

The Many Headed Reasoner

I hear the voices of words in juxtaposition I decipher with a creation of reasoning in ways which the impetus was never intended I fictionalize elements of theatrics in my head and feel my way about as though I have intention yet, when I wake up scattered from a dream, I feel I have got…