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Tad Winslow

Joined May 2009 and calls coldfront home.

499 stories, 11 challenges, 1133 comments, and 49 friends

Cafe Cause A Scene

Bickering Battle Axes

If Contradictions Can Tell A Truth

If ever he tries to transfigure a woman, he will not transfigure her as cruelly as Picasso does, bending and twisting her body like metal in a fiery furnace. Writers are not like painters anyway: they are more dogged, more subtle.
— J. M. Coetzee , Youth: Scenes from a Provincial Life II , 2002

High You Are

Stories

  1. A Fun Read (guaranteed)

    Julie stared at her hand— An arctic starfish of frozen extremities. June felt her hair— Hanging straight in the loom of antiquated clips. May rolled to the bakery— Her complexion is ruddy like a rose— bobbing over the open top o...

  2. A Pretentious Alien's Poetic Perspective

    when what you can’t control outweighs what you can like time and the fact that you had no say in existence to begin with; would you consider fate to still be bitter or is it sweet mint and cinnamon and rain like glitter? Because it surely encompa...

  3. Held Out Hands And Humor

    Pretty lit houses; window sills; councils; how’s the city fit to itty-bitty secret keys from me!?— He who is needy, seedy and greedy— easy; nit-witty; greasy and measly; it is mine, rightly because I’m just as small and unsightl...

  4. Like That of Lover's Lips

    Ficly’s like a flask found by the fire on the grounds of a playground we all huddle and snuggle around passing its everlasting well of sips; some kiss; some tell; some sit back and describe its impact like that of lover’s lips

  5. Eye Sight

    It’s any lit
 litany of
 infinity; him;
 her; symmetry;
 wedded by water; wetted by the dry blue of a few splotches of sky my eye rides to to lie upon those two grass and dew— a clear, tear drop weighted— blur of residue chee...

  6. Sinking Below (Mature)

  7. A Lovely Scene Seen For You Through Me

    Palm frond tips dip in the still pond dawn spills light upon.

  8. Extemporaneous Instance of Skin; Enlightened Love

    The transparent surface reflects flesh eclipsing our skeleton’s silence on the water’s akimbo window a solid flow of indigo limbs where all we know bends like elbows; it blends where waving movements never end and I’m a part of ti...

  9. You'll Be Protected

    sunsets comb moments growing teeth; pine needle shadows; A dispersed wreath beneath the hearse; nature’s quiet peace

  10. Not About You! (just fo' fun)

    Your mazes of flowery phrases take ages to blossom on pages; not so awesome; your garden amazes no one by then; when winter has hardened The flow you pretend To’ve tended a harvest; It’s been frozen, my friend

  11. Recovery

    Breaths of alabaster frost Billow up like willow flowers loft. A barren tree’s embossed Unto the scenery when Snow flakes make Its tendrils pillow soft again.

  12. Dreamt Wonders (Mature)

  13. I Run There (2)

    (Cont.) I sit there; Dead center; Inconspicuous; Sleeping as frantic cars Attempt to save my life At the last second Only to die themselves.

  14. I Run There (1)

    You never have to follow me into the middle of the street. I run there In the road Intentionally Swerving Into Oncoming cars And back again to the coming cars Honking, yelling, polluting. I hike up hilly highways Dead center And find a strange awe insp...

  15. The Only Stranger

    Were you created to control Every earthly soul? Mankind’s mind made you In order to be sold? The truth is greater than the fiction That the traitors have written; They’ve traded your nature For the power of fear and the wealth of paper. I ...

  16. The Proof Is In The Pants

    What if, Perchance, The plaintiff, Sir Pants, Caught the defendants, Sir Pull, Mrs. Miserable, and Maestro Throw All hurling his purple girdle in a photo That’s dated The day he waited Bare brass button naked For the bus? Thus the catalyst For...

  17. promises, promises

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  18. Independent Thought!

    There are chances to enhance And re-create your mental stance Before it’s too late to care if you bleed Or sweat until one bead Trickles upon the grass like dew. You didn’t try did you? Freeze, thaw, and renew Because the laws Are written b...

  19. Deleted Poem (For A Lady I Know)

    My last sentiment Meant merely cents To her high dollar flight And chauffuer caller that night. I feel without when I’m with her She’s in doubt sniffing drugs as her thoughts wither.

  20. Loose Leaf Sheets

    One side’s wide And dull The other side slides Invisible Both are pale And plainly painful Plentiful; Palpable Paper cutting blades; Bleach-blank (title) tidal (waves) page Lost; froze Embossed; flows Why solidify what you think In dry graphics...

  21. Body Language

    Instinct is Ancient and alive; Our hands trace the faces We give our traits to: to survive. You, love, and I; la ménage à trois Shape shifting laws; Housed like clouds in the sky.

  22. untitled

    Wet Harlot; Scarlet hem; Silhouette warm; She’ll let him in her Shell of a human form

  23. River Conscience

    Nose crinkled Smiles give Simple complexity; You live responsive Can’t still The constant movements No matter how little The trickle will rinse Inevitable Invisible Wet with sixth sense Lifeblood Floods the glens For instance Like a river consci...

  24. Want

    A stare is aloft soft like the air. It walks atop the talks of people who care, who have our ear but not our eyes They wander to where we’d rather sit if we could only fit in together over there.

  25. Silent Signature

    You are a living Human being Reading Seeing letters Form words Pronouncing them With no sound Hearing these emblems Blend between The silence of your mind And the computer screen Permanent signatures inside are signed The tattoo’s of language are...

  26. Victoria Falls

    Candy apple coated brake lights And lips Slick with music Sturdy Mouths of sugar Childlike saliva; Syrupy Currents vein Electrical biology Through Mazes Made of Blades of Shoulders and windshield wipers Time worn windows trickle Flowing like froze...

  27. January 25th

    Bent Kneecaps and shins Bookends Double eye lens Silence Pushpins the pillow White Window of snow

  28. The Devil's Embrace

    The glass of water shatters at my feet. The clear and cold rubble spikes my toes and streaks my glossy wet skin with blood. I back pedal feeling sick and dizzy. My legs shiver as weakness increases and my knees buckle under the weight of my body. I hit...

  29. Accountability (Mature)

  30. Editing Process Progress (new words added)

    The projector sits defunct
 Its archaic Haunches fit where the floor is slumped 
A sunken visage punked, 
Clamped together By ties that tether This mosaic 
Of a verklempt attempt to be perfect, Unsure if it’s meant— stumped
 On the s...