Commercial Pilot

My alcoholism was never once suspected. I had made it a strict habit not to get completely bombed under twenty-four hours before flight. Much of the time outside of flying and the twenty-four hours prior to flight time, is obliterated. I have a home in Los Angeles, and I have a home Pittsburgh. I have had two marriages, and remember …

Danielle Hanson

Burial   When Uncle was buried, it was on top of Great-Grandfather for the cemetery had long been full on the ground floor. Uncle was able to meet Great-Grandfather for the first time since he was seven. Uncle was surprised by Great-Grandfather’s gingham dress, which, Great-Grandfather explained, was Great-Aunt’s. Being buried next to each other, they had mixed together during …

Funeral of Birth date

Born in a Hindu society Guided by the rites and norms, He lived till the dusk And the sands of time bided him farewell. Now he lies here cold, Overlaid by the white shawl, He knows not, the decoration he has The string that joins his toes, Last bless of red mark, he owes.   Silent he rises, With the …

Falling Asleep

He lay in bed quietly, not daring to move, holding his arms and legs and breathing as still as they could be held, waiting, not sure for what. The room had darkened, but was not too dark for him to see the outlines of the furniture, the central light fixture, the door slightly ajar, the slippers on the floor next …

The Fire

My father’s house burned down during my first confession. Dad had a hangover and dropped me off at Saint Patrick’s while he and my brother Jeb went to a local diner for coffee and eggs. I spent a few excruciating few minutes in the confessional in which I denied having any sins. Then I sat on the church steps reviewing …

Dragonflies in the Cemetery

it’s a shortcut for me when I’m riding my bicycle to the city, to take a short bit of the pathway which /wīnd/s itself through: the cemetery;   and on this one, grand occasion — a horde of black Dragonflies were flying, en masse, all about it;   it didn’t mean anything, and I’m not going to make it mean …

Early Riser, Delivery Man

Waking early and hungry, he leaves the warmth and comfort of his suburban bi-level house on Sunday mornings. My father drives, not to the closest bakery, but to one he deems the best in the art of bagel boiling and baking, and carefully chooses a variety of the classics- plain, onion, sesame, poppy, rye and pumpernickel. Several dozens, along with packages of …

Uncle Santa

“Do Jesus and Santa Claus come from the same place?” our sons ask us. It is confusing because our family displays these icons together at this time of year: jovial, fat man in red pajamas beside nearly naked infant cradled in ceramic hay. “If Joseph isn’t Jesus’ dad, then maybe Santa is,” the boys say. Our family doesn’t have a …

Dan Jacoby, Featured Author

backstage failure   so hung over on blinding sunny day messy suite of boutique hotel prada shades, rolex, silver cross earrings head foggy pounding like a flux capacitor in those lonely painful hours just stepped out of a guy richie movie moment gripped by the balls gang piles into suv took two uppers makes it hurt more being a complete …

Flags of Mumbai

Walking through Bombay among blue flags makes you feel home among the tall skyscrapers. They make you feel a sense of deep power which makes you realize why only in Mumbai among all the other cities the blue flags still capture and resonate while the financial databases speculate on trade commodities, derivatives. The blue flag stands for very different things …

Communication Issues

She gave you a lot of different looks from the start. Did that throw you off? How cold it got on the final drive? There are always variables you can’t control and sometimes things go wrong. Can’t blame the conditions, that’s for sure. Did you get an explanation? Some of our moves weren’t as smooth as they could be, we …

Overnight Guests

All is quiet…finally after the two sisters quit re-living the day and drift into hide-a-bed snoring. Until 4 a.m. when the brother rattles the unfamiliar bedroom door knob and slices light into the hall where he bangs the bathroom light switch on and spotlights my room like the cops cornering an escaped convict, and he stands there suddenly unsure where …