Day 30: Shopping in the age of virus

Prompt: Returns   Five-fifty on a Sunday in the age of virus: Details of a life-threatening routine shopping run: Four packs toilet paper — the most they would sell. Auto dish powder times two, dish liquid lime, dish liquid lemon, dish liquid apple pear, dish liquid grapefruit, lemon glow disinfectant, and in mandarin and ginger, […]

Day 27: My neighbor’s music

Prompt: Write a review   If neighbors were oysters, this one takes the pearl. A stupendous neighbor! A great worrying. If you’re looking for someone to give you early gray hairs and a cigarette-dotted back yard, Look no further! Take my wonderful neighbor. This one will keep you up all night with their loud music! […]

Day 26: Go-to not-destination

Prompt: Almanac questionnaire   Weather: Sunny and cold Flora: Violets Architecture: Bungalow Customs: Social distancing Mammals/reptiles/fish: Domesticated dogs Childhood dream: Glitter and sunlight Found on the Street: Free Little Pantry Export: Macaroni and cheese dinners Graffiti: None Lover: Spouse Conspiracy: Theory Dress: Down Hometown memory: Falling leaves Notable person: Ghandi Outside your window, you find: […]

Day 25: The flight

Prompt: “Hymn to Life” by James Schuyler guided by Hoa Nguyen   We wait for order to settle, like when we lay bricks to build new edifices to introduce us to the neighborhood as owners, keepers of titles, not tenants. They can rent from us, of course. Unfortunately, we cannot part from home-grown papaya fruit […]

Day 14: Ms. Manila

Prompt: Forebears   The students that died on the streets of Manila were only trying to point out the obvious: Where did you get the money to gild every corner of your dozen houses when my family could barely afford shoes? Why are you sending the military to disperse crowds gathering along a historic monument […]