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As Large as Alone

Joined December 2012 and calls Wordplay Wonderland home.

77 stories, 3 challenges, 126 comments, and 27 friends

Teacher, student, writer, scholar, performer, never satisfied, always thinking.

Stories

  1. Sam, or I?

    I’ve got this sword I got from Japan. It’s a wide-bladed, curved blade that looks like it could cut through a truck. I never planned on cutting things with it; it’s just a souvenir from a particularly bad teaching gig. Today, however,...

  2. Limerick Epic(ure)

    A pretentious limerick writer Said aloud, “Come, I’ll pull an all nighter!” They then wrote a long saga, And set it to raga, AM came; gave to girl: “I’ll delight her!” Well, the girl thought it was quite a treat. Fried it up with some buffa...

  3. The Wasabi is Strong in This One

    Lupe Skywalper awkwardly sat cross-legged on the floor by the low table, studying the situation. Before him was a plate of noodles, some sashimi and the jaws of a fish. There was familiar cutlery present, but the waiter had told him to use the chopsti...

  4. 17. Conclusion: My Dark Campfire

    I PILOT my FEAR from EARTH to MARS, I hurtle through SPACE at the SPEED of LIGHT SOCIETY may CALL to me from afar; But I RUN through DARKNESS in my fright. I’ll never calm my DAUGHTER’s FEARS, Or take PRIDE in her laughter at a COMEDY show....

  5. 16. What it All Means to Me

    Philosophy has a Laboratory. Hell—which for all I know is the same as Heaven—is where we can best examine ideas about existence and the meaning of our lives. I’m nearly through haranguing you with my tales and my innerventions. I̵...

  6. 15. The Challenge: Wonders Ever Cease

    Challenge me to a staring contest? The one who looks away first has to stay in the glass case, the bell jar. It’s not easy being eternal, you know? My story will end very soon, but not because my suffering will cease. You should understand that ...

  7. 14. Persis Performs

    Dark stage. PERSIS appears in taffeta, ribbons in hair. Curtsy. Rainbow appears upstage and vanishes. PERSIS: Dark is the hope that Papa fears the most; Light is the scorching sun that blinds his eyes. When Mama holds him tightly, I despise Her tattere...

  8. 13. Transparent Pride

    “Daughter, dear, come here. Little one, be held by your parent.” Now I have to tell you, my sweet audience of a captive performer, I have no children, save the ‘brain children’ I have summoned for myself as company. Misery loves...

  9. Card-Carrying Member

    The dyslexic songwriter proudly held his membership card. At last, a pop star had recorded a hit performance of his song! This, the composer assumed, assured him that he was qualified to be a member of the ASPCA. His dog just looked at him, disgusted.

  10. Narrow brush with friendship

    I nearly became the writer’s undying friend. If it had not been for their use of the wrong version of “its,” it would have happened. But some things are just too triggering to ignore; the moment passed like a forgotten birthday.

  11. 12. Tale Told by an Idiom

    Bullets inside me, perforations, piercings. You’ve probably wondered how I made the transition from life to Afterlife; now’s your chance to learn. Before I explain, I just want to thank you from the bottom of my cage for your patience and a...

  12. 11. In Obscurity, There is Protection

    “Darkness has always been on my side. What use have I ever had for the light, aside for its defining the borders of my zone of protection? Blackness keeps me safe.” -My words. I found this scrap of an idea taped one morning to the glass in ...

  13. Poetry on My Daughter's Poem (Repost because it's not a sequel)

    POEM on my Daughter’s Poem Laughter, Daughter? Aught? A poem! Just the gift I’m after, dear. Ring joy to the rafter here: Sonnets? Iambs? Yeah, I know ’em. In tetrameter you wallow, Trudging slow: A, B, B, A. Try to find a thing to say Petrarch n...

  14. 10. The Problem with Eternal Reward/Punishment

    Death, I’ve learned, was the cue that the Judge was waiting for. I don’t know if His decision was based on all the facts, or a few selected tidbits, but I went down. Others I know went up. Here in Hell, I’ve had time to think; I figu...

  15. 9. Finally, my Solo!

    Pride was something I never had much of, for my own part. I was proud of my parents, proud of my siblings and friends. I was always waiting for the moment I would do something worthy of praise. That moment still hasn’t come, and now in my after l...

  16. 8. ZXooomed!

    Speed increases as I hurtle my way downwards towards my incipient concussion with some as-yet-unseen ground. At least, I assume there will be something hard below me to impact. This is a mental flight: destination, oblivion, or so I hope. However, as t...

  17. 7. Cramped

    Space is limited here in the box. It reminds me of the other boxes I left behind. The bullies’ spaces, after dying. Like this glass compartment, a viewing booth of sorts, their boxes were sterile, clean. So were their bodies. The ichor I left beh...

  18. 6. Powers of Communication; Powers of Imagination

    Test your powers of imagination further, traveler. It doesn’t matter that you’re an apparition of my imagination now, settle down. Stay. I’ve no one else to talk with. Picture a device for communication that would allow you to speak ...

  19. Gamble

    I am one of the chosen people. I have also decided to accept this and to live a life of honor. It’s not always easy. I’m a lucky fellow; always have been. However, it’s against my moral code to gamble. I will not sin, even in the face...

  20. Larry's Suspension of Disbelief

    Row by row, the image formed. Since her leg was not a flat surface, it was distorted. This could be seen as symbolic: mysterious shards of the complete works. “You eluded me in the case of Marie Roget, Madeleine, but I solved your cipher of the ...

  21. Hospital Corners

    Ma always demanded that my brother and I set everything to rights each morning when we were kids. The desk had to be neat and tidy, the floor clear of obstructions. Our shirts had to be tucked in just so, and the knot had to be tied just the right way....

  22. Cheerfulness

    I used to be happy most of the time, but that changed this spring when Pa found my collection, the bits of rats, I had stashed behind the woodstove. He locked me here in the cellar, taking my collection with him. Later I smelled it burning. I was desol...

  23. "Made:" Awful, Damning Evidence!

    I’ve hated “made” since I was a bonny maid of 8. Me and my mate, Matt Maitland, made fun of “made” in school, till Ma warned me she’d make me meet my Maker if we maintained our course, mainly due to irritation. Then...

  24. Rekempt

    My hair’s a tangled, icky mess, My beard grows all askew. My shirt’s untucked; my frilly dress Has coffee-stains…a few. I need to wash and brush my stuff My body I must cleanse! For if I don’t, Inspector Dan Will spy dirt with h...

  25. The Literal-Minded Seashore Bartender

    I went to my favorite seaside saloon and my friend the barkeep asked me, “What’ll you have, Tom?” Just then, my phone rang and I had to answer it; it was my boss calling. “Give me a sec,” I told the bartender. But he was ...

  26. Miss Muffet's Breakfast Club

    The spider crawled back up the trunk of the apple tree. She was itching for a rematch. Finally Molly Muffet returned to her favorite spot. She still carried her little porringer; it was lidded. Estrella shimmered down her line to meet Molly face to fac...

  27. Letter-Imperfect

    I’m dyslexic; sometimes I mix words up. I know this, but it still bothers me when people point it out. Today tops the list, though; my computer told me I had mixed myself up. For some reason, the words just come out wrong. Just bear with me; I&#...

  28. End of a Grand Tradition

    I want to welcome you all to our annual talent show and contest. This is the 59th year of the series, and it is sure to be among the greatest. Personally I’m excited to see so many local kids participating—and not all of these people are do...

  29. Humpbacks at the Boardwalk

    Question: Why did the whales start eating the boardwalk? Answer: Because the planks of the boardwalk weigh 2000 pounds, and as everyone knows, a whale cannot turn down a plank ton.

  30. Old Friends on the Sidewalks of New York

    Seth Goldstein and Solomon Goodrich, who grew up in New York on the East End, were talking together at a cafe on Broadway about their old times in New York City. They decided to get up and walk down to the old neighborhood, maybe play a little stick ba...