The F.S. Chronicle

Moving Fronds

11.15.19

I watch the rain from my window, its lonely drops smacking the glass, asking to come in and keep me company. They beg to drip upon my face and feel satisfied. But, I cannot help to think of a hot day, … Continue reading

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An Ode to Pride

11.08.19

Oh, be it! Punish me for having walked around this world, with my head held high, my belly sucked in. Oh, be it! Be done with it, I say. Because you mistake my pride for arrogance. Ah, yes! Pride. Are … Continue reading

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Weightless Moments

11.01.19

Do you ever think about becoming weightless? A weightless so freeing that it would be impossible to go back. Back to our heavy, strained bodies. Back to our reluctant minds. I once watched a turtle cross Seville Road. Inch by … Continue reading

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Our Season

10.25.19

We know it’s early, but we can’t help but grin. We feel the wind change and see the colors of brick and joy. It is our season, and we are fully dressed. Ready for the show, the dreams, and the … Continue reading

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Timeless Friends

10.18.19

They sit by the door, like timeless statues, And we try to not make any sounds, so our Presence is not noticed, and we can continue To admire their innocence. If we make any noise, they will look in our … Continue reading

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Our Chairs Await Us

10.11.19

When we come home, older, tired, quiet, They wait for us with open arms. Their feathers spread out in a warm hug, Waiting for you and I to sit down. When we bring stories from our daily Lives, when we … Continue reading

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The Year of the Cat

10.04.19

It was February of 1999 when I arrived in Vietnam and made my way to one of the most colorful markets in the world. When I stepped on the brown clay ground of Sapa and looked at my surroundings of … Continue reading

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Under the Cherry Blossom Tree

09.27.19

I hadn’t yet considered what it would mean when she picked the fruit from the Cherry Blossom Tree and handed it to me, her fingers slightly stained. The tree itself reminded me of snow, but it was spring. At least … Continue reading

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Blue Butterflies

09.20.19

She saw the blue butterflies dancing at her feet. They moved with the wind. Oh, to be so free, she thought. She remembered her sweet love and how he treated her as a flower Just as these butterflies were They … Continue reading

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Three Leather Stools Under the Sun

09.13.19

The three of us walk, under the burning sun, No one talks, but we know all we think about is We are tired. We walk, or crawl, in silent and at Times, we can hear the sun falling on our … Continue reading

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Watching the Sun Glow

09.06.19

I’ve seen it glow, behind the mountains of the past, Surrounded by a pure blue sky, and light clouds. I’ve seen it glow, showering with light the ruins Of an old civilization that was there once. I’ve seen it glow, … Continue reading

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Dolphin in the Storm

08.30.19

 The skies are still blue, but some clouds in the vicinity Gather, as the wind slowly picks up, and the Ocean, moving faster and faster in circles, Tells the dolphin the storm is coming. Soon, the day will become dark, … Continue reading

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His Father’s Wine Bar

08.23.19

It’s Friday evening, and the weight of the week falls on his shoulders, as he sits in the same old chair, and reflects on the recent events that have taken place in his home, or at least he thinks they … Continue reading

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Friends Walking Home

08.16.19

The three friends walked, in the rising day, Not fast or slow, but in a steady pace. The three friends walked, one more time, Without looking at each other, or looking back. One of them wanted to run, his legs … Continue reading

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Columns in the Dying Night

08.09.19

The columns stand, in the dying night, The sun has gone down, and the weight Of our past, rests on their shoulders. Still, They stand, in front of us, infinite. The columns we once saw, in our youth, Now older … Continue reading

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Two Elephants Holding a Gong

08.02.19

There has to be someone around here, Said the elephant to his partner, Who can hit the gong while we hold it. My trunk is tired, and my legs feel heavy. We have been walking for days now, Miles and … Continue reading

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Discovering a New World

07.26.19

Down below into the sea, where the light disappears, And the water becomes like the night, I saw a face Of a creature I never knew. We locked eyes, in silence, And we both recognized I was lost. The water … Continue reading

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Rocco and his Best Friend

07.19.19

Rocco had been running for three hours, but to him it felt as if it had been days. The Florida heat pushed him down, and the more he ran, the more nervous he became, and the more tired he got. … Continue reading

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New Student

07.12.19

George arrived that November morning to our classroom, and the teacher introduced him as a new member of our first-grade class. All of us, curious six and seven years olds, welcomed our first ever transferred student. George said hi back, … Continue reading

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Parakeets Flying Back Home

07.06.19

A pair of parakeets fly back home, It’s been a long day, and their wings move In the air, pushing through the wind As the day dies behind them. They have traveled long distances, And the thought of being back … Continue reading

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Home by Sea

06.29.19

If I go back, may it be by sea, In a mahogany boat, with strong winds. Returning to a place I once knew, A place simultaneously old, and new. When I go back, may my boat travel soft, Soft like … Continue reading

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Seagulls in the Morning

06.21.19

The seagulls stand, in the rising morning, The sun coming up, while they look into the horizon. A few clouds above them, far from each other and Lonely, while the seagulls feel the ocean breeze. It’s still early, and the … Continue reading

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Lines and Drawings on the Jars

06.14.19

Two tobacco jars, sitting in front of us. We rest in silence, and imagine where did they Come from. You say they belonged to a king, And I say the don’t belong to anyone, not us. They have lines on … Continue reading

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The Circus is in Town

06.07.19

The circus came back every August, and the whole town became a brighter place. Since the beginning of summer, everyone started getting ready for the arrival of the circus. Some houses were painted, people started wearing colorful clothes, and even … Continue reading

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Brass Palm Trees

05.31.19

The sun has fallen down, in Florida, And the palm trees, once brown and Green, are now covered with the sun’s Light, gliding tall in the grass. The sun has melted down – it’s summer- And the leaves look now … Continue reading

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The Rhinoceros and I

05.24.19

I saw a rhinoceros walk by, His large steps moved the land, and his Heavy breathing made the air around us More powerful. He was quite large. I saw a rhinoceros walk in the green grass, His eyes were calm, … Continue reading

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Marching in Summer Days

05.17.19

The men came marching down the street, And the afternoon was quickly filled with their presence. The men, all different, but also alike, walked In the avenue, as we pushed people to see them better. Their uniforms, cleaned and ironed, … Continue reading

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Two Elephants in the Endless Sunlight

05.10.19

I imagine we are elephants, two young elephants glowing in the early morning, like figures made out of cast bronze. We run in the field, and play, and the horizon is endless, and I try to keep up with you, … Continue reading

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Hot Air Balloon Ride

05.03.19

Mrs. Goodland knew it was going to be a difficult day, when she realized she put her left foot down first, as she was getting out of bed, something she had avoided for 82 years, three months, and seven days. … Continue reading

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Timeless Peacocks

04.26.19

They sit in the middle of the room, each A universe of their own, each a resting bird Laying in nature. They sit there, calmly and Timeless, while the world moves around them. Their feathers open up, and play with … Continue reading

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Two Tropical Maracas

04.19.19

When the time comes, to say goodbye, And the shadow that looms over us becomes Even darker, I would like to hide And become a musical maraca, perhaps. When the silence threatens with taking over, And your voice becomes softer … Continue reading

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Robert’s Zoo

04.12.19

Robert will always remember the day his mother took him to the street market to buy some fruit, and on the way there he stopped in front of a store window, to look at the carved wood elephant head on … Continue reading

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Sea Horse Andirons

04.05.19

The fire grows, and the wood burns, More and more. While the sea horses move Through the burning surface, with calm pace, As if they were floating. Two sea horses, andirons sea horses, In a sea of fire, moving from … Continue reading

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Toucans in the Tree

03.29.19

Seven colorful toucans, welcome the sunlight, They’re eyes are burning, and they want To blink, but they resist and look on forward, Towards the new day ahead. Seven bright toucans, with their long beaks and their adventurous wings, stand on … Continue reading

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The Fish in the Pith Paintings

03.22.19

It’s a grey day, and the humidity in the environment makes us breathe water, and suddenly we feel as if we were submerged, and we are not waking anymore, instead we swim, and our bodies move through the water almost … Continue reading

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What Hides in the Drawers

03.15.19

The first drawer opens up with difficulty, As if no one had tried to open it in a long time. When it finally comes out, it smells of yesterday, And I wonder, who was the last one to smell its … Continue reading

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Three Traveling Turtles

03.08.19

Three turtles walk in the timid night, Their bodies not yet tired move rhythmically, As the intense darkness makes tomorrow Seems far and distant. The three turtles know the way, and know It takes time to travel old roads. Three … Continue reading

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Old Dance with the Sea

03.01.19

The waves have left their mark, in her body, And the scent of the now dissolved sand, still lingers In her surface. She moves, back and forth, effortlessly, like the current once around her. Her delicate look is just an … Continue reading

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Lexi’s Flowers

02.22.19

On the first day of school, Oscar saw Lexi, and his world stopped. Her hair, he thought, was so long, wavy, and brown and gold, and her skin looked so delicate, almost like silk, and her shoulders were round, as … Continue reading

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Still Time to Celebrate

02.15.19

The town is all getting ready, for the party Of the end of the year. The streets start to Fill with a whisper, the whisper of Celebration. But he sits, still and quiet. What can an old elephant celebrate? He … Continue reading

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Cheetah Under the Sun

02.08.19

He lays down on a rug made out of grass. Grass green, wet, and fresh, while everything Else around him wakes up to the sun above, And he knows it’s not time to run yet. He looks around, like many … Continue reading

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The Nautilus Seashell

02.01.19

Many years ago, someone told my mother a story about a man named Robert, and the Nautilus seashell he once found, and she later told the story to me. Perhaps it was my uncle who told the story to my … Continue reading

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Starfish in the Glass Dome

01.25.19

When I first got here, there were only four of us. How long ago, you asked? I’m not sure, probably a long time ago, since we are nine now, and I believe we were four for a while. But, who … Continue reading

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Music of the Night

01.18.19

The night has come back, one more time, And after staring at the ceiling with wide eyes, The dream finally returns, and so do the Drums, which fill up the night. He is again twelve, or perhaps thirteen, And walks … Continue reading

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Jumping in the Dying Day

01.11.19

The green grass and the almost dark sky Meet in the background, while a patch Of blue sky still fights before leaving. The day is not over, and there’s still time. Their shadows follow their play as they Jump, and … Continue reading

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Family Bird

01.04.19

We are playing at my grandparent’s home, running around the living room, as someone yells we shouldn’t run. I’m only six, or maybe seven, so I’m just following my cousins. We run, and laugh, and stop, and then pick up … Continue reading

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New Year’s Toast

12.28.18

The cricket stood up to take a look around, One more time, and his eyes suddenly Could not only see the present ahead, But also, were filled with images of the past. The year had gone by faster this time, … Continue reading

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Passed Warm Christmas

12.21.18

If I could pick a present, for the upcoming Holiday season, only one would come To mind. That is to experienced once more The excitement Christmas once brought. If I could move to a land, any land I choose, That … Continue reading

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Storks in the Mercury Glass Vases

12.14.18

It only takes place when I’m home alone, And the empty streets outside are dark. I open my window, to let the breeze in, And then they come out and fly. During the day, they live inside their home, In … Continue reading

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The Past and the Settee

12.07.18

The cane, connected by hands long gone, Rests in the wood, with a dignified stance Only time can provide. While the world Quickly moves forward, in concentric circles. The time has passed, through the old settee, and the stories are … Continue reading

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Climbing the Pagoda

11.30.18

We walk into the first level; the room is empty and we wonder if we will make it to the top. A light breeze welcomes us, and we know well the top is our objective. We don’t talk about it, … Continue reading

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Singing Brass Fish

11.23.18

The blue body of water was cold, and Even though the sun burned my shoulders, The fresh liquid made me shiver. So, I moved My legs and arms to feel warmer. The waves came one after another, with a Rhythm … Continue reading

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Elephant’s Melancholy

11.16.18

I saw an elephant today, with his Trunk down, looking tired and maybe Sad. An elephant walking slowly, as if Counting the steps left, steps left for home. Perhaps there were two elephants, but they Walked so close to each … Continue reading

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Memories Sitting in a Chair

11.09.18

There are many things we remember, he thinks, as we get older and our memories come and go, sometimes slowly, and sometimes like flashing lights. Of all the things he remembers, the one material thing that comes to him the … Continue reading

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A Closed and Silent Box

11.02.18

The day is about to start, the moon hides, and the box is still laying there, closed. Another day, like many others before, Showing its glow, and the box lies there, silent. The sun starts to reveal itself, and he … Continue reading

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October is The Last Month

10.26.18

Last night I had another nightmare, and this time I remember it better than before. In the dream, I had just woken up sweating, and I knew I had just had a nightmare. A nightmare within a nightmare. I woke … Continue reading

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The General’s Boots

10.19.18

The General has lost his boots. He awoke, and they were not there, and Life has not been the same since. His Boots are missing, and the future is uncertain. The General cannot understand, what could Have happened? They were … Continue reading

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Forever Palm Trees

10.12.18

The sky was grey, just like most days, as grey as a donkey’s belly. We only had summer for a couple of months back home, and even then it never really got sunny. Most of the year we lived under … Continue reading

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Musical Silhouettes

10.05.18

Somewhere not too far, three silhouettes go by, Playing musical instruments in the Still young night. Three silhouettes, colorful And quite alive, play their music and dance. The troubles that seem to surround us Do not affect them, they just … Continue reading

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Pendant Light in the Horizon

09.28.18

I see a light hanging in the horizon, the night Is empty, and a pair of lonely dogs walk by. In the distance, there’s music, but it must come from Far away, as I only hear it as a whisper. … Continue reading

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Memories of Blue Coral

09.21.18

The beach is full of people, after all it is a sunny day and the water is warm and clear. Locals and tourist come and go, walking on the hot sand, and enjoying the summer day. Plying by the shore, … Continue reading

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Past and New Stripes

09.14.18

The lines run through her body, like Brush strokes made by an artist who Has already been forgotten. The strokes, thin And dark, keep the artist’s lost secrets. Her eyes, intense and nostalgic, stare at me, And I can only … Continue reading

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A New World of Birds

09.07.18

He always felt uncomfortable around birds. It wasn’t that he didn’t like them, but perhaps he feared them a little, so their presence always had an impact on him. He didn’t quite trust the way they looked at him, or … Continue reading

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West Indies Voyage

08.31.18

When Christopher Columbus arrived to the West Indies he was probably quite tired. The men traveling with him, perhaps about to reach madness, must have felt great satisfaction seeing land, and finally stepping on it. At least this is what … Continue reading

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A White Hippo in the Night

08.24.18

The white hippopotamus, standing under The dark sky, remembers the day his Father introduced him to the stars. The night was somber, and they had spent the day walking far. If you are ever lost, the father said, Or need … Continue reading

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Parrot on the Vase

08.17.18

His face is turned to the side, And with one eye, he seems to follow Any move I may make. His gaze, Strong and curious, is imposing. The vase is full of lines, or strokes. Lines in the background, lines … Continue reading

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The Zebra’s Run

08.10.18

The zebra looked up, the field was covered with shades of green again, and the grass in the distance looked infinite. It was another day in the world, he thought, just another day for an old zebra like himself, but … Continue reading

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Lost in the Book

08.03.18

The book opens up, and we dive into The pages, of ivory white. It’s a long jump, and the pages below Looked far, but we still dive. We land in a page, and suddenly are Surrounded by butterflies. They Fly, … Continue reading

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Fishing Day

07.27.18

Yes, I saw them arrive that day. It was three of them, three young man, they arrived here that morning, said hello, and later I saw them fishing. How were they? They seemed nice, they were polite, and smiled at … Continue reading

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The Missing Gong

07.20.18

He arrived home and found the door open. He knew he had locked it when he left that morning, and he lived alone, something didn’t seem right. He walked into his home carefully, wondering if the intruder was still there. … Continue reading

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Desert Rose

07.13.18

Somewhere in the desert, there is A rose, hiding under the burning sun. Those who walk the sand, tirelessly, May see it, resting its petals. Somewhere in the desert, there lies My rose, waiting for us brave souls, Who still … Continue reading

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The Ocean’s Map

07.06.18

In the distance, he recognized the lines laying in the sand, still wet, glowing under the sun, without any effort. It was a sea fan, and he would have recognized it anywhere else in the world. By then his personal … Continue reading

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My White Terra Cotta Lion

06.22.18

My white lion yesterday went missing, I left him in the yard, eating peacefully. Any information, I will thankfully receive, My white lion went missing, I don’t know where he went. My white lion, white terra cotta lion, Has disappeared, … Continue reading

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Three Parakeets Standing Outside

06.22.18

Three parakeets stand outside in the street, in Palm Beach, Florida. The day is just starting, and the Parakeets enjoy the morning breeze. Three parakeets stand in a large tree, And slowly they see the morning walkers Come out of … Continue reading

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Colorful Dreams

06.11.18

The night returns, I close my eyes, and The sounds around me slowly disappear. Or better yet, they accompany me, while I close my eyes, guiding the images I see.   I see colorful structures, a clear sky, which Makes … Continue reading

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Boat From The Past

06.08.18

When they went back home, they didn’t Know what would be left of the past. The trip had been a quiet journey, And silence seemed soothing against memories. The house sat on a hill, far from the town, And every … Continue reading

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Old Pith Helmet Tales

06.01.18

Now that time has passed, the memories seem more and more distant, and the time once spent traveling is only spent remembering. Even an old pith helmet like myself remembers its travels, the places once visited that now hide and … Continue reading

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Liria and Ruben

05.25.18

Yesterday I saw my sister Liria crying again, and I just hugged her, trying to find words to console her. It is difficult to console an older sibling, especially when one is not good with words. I’m only six years … Continue reading

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Visiting Cranes

05.18.18

Yesterday we saw a pair of cranes Fly by, and their long necks, their Sculpted legs, and their colorful Wings in our memories rest now.   Yesterday we saw a pair of cranes Play, and they seemed happy, floating In … Continue reading

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The Tables of Our Lives

05.11.18

There are people who like vehicles, people who like buildings, people who like desks, and I understand all of them, but what I like is tables. Tables speak to me the way no other furniture does, and tables catch my … Continue reading

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Standing Under the Sun

05.04.18

She stands, alone, in the vast and arid Mexican soil. The air is hot, the sun pushes down, and the breeze hasn’t been around for centuries. She stands there, in the Mexican land, and the silence makes the sun even … Continue reading

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Silent Stories

04.27.18

Lines bend, turn, zig zag, dance, And the wood, always still. Lines move creating shapes, and The wood, perfect background, and still. Colors, running up and down, Moving at their own rhythm, with No conventional pattern, And the wood stays … Continue reading

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The Photograph

04.20.18

The first time he saw the picture he was walking in the streets of Madrid. After turning around the corner with his parents, he looked down and there it was, the photograph of two carved bone horses looking at each … Continue reading

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The Carvings in the Table

04.13.18

I know you see a table, but what else do you see? I see wood, I see shapes, and I see a surface similar to no other. Rich wood, with moving forms, and exuberating force. Braveness and calculated freedom in … Continue reading

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The Arches of our Lives

04.06.18

There are arches that we visit once and they become ours. There are roofs and windows, and little doors, that we take ownership of because they remain in our memories long after we see them for the first time. There … Continue reading

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Two Flying Lights

03.30.18

Two flying lights appeared in the horizon, Like two stars in the empty, and silent night. Two little figures, fast in the distance, Flying towards us, breaking our darkness. I was surprised, at first, and moved back, But you stood … Continue reading

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Elusive Words

03.23.18

After years of walking by them and gazing at them daily, he decided to try to read the story written on the porcelain vases by his front door. He had bought them years before, and thought then that he would … Continue reading

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Memories of Home

03.16.18

Sitting down by the front porch, in a chair as old as him, he thinks of home. Home is the place one grew up in, he thinks, home is the place one remembers with nostalgia when one is old and … Continue reading

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Love Birds

03.09.18

Standing in front of his bedroom window, as quietly as possible and trying to not even move, Sorian sees the parrots one more time. It’s been going on for months now, but to Sorian each time is as special as … Continue reading

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The Andalusian Horse

03.02.18

Standing in front of the horse, he thought of his father. Definitely an Andalusian, he whispered to himself, just like the one my father always wanted. Seeing the horse, standing there in front of him, he remembered every word his … Continue reading

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Standing in front of the Pagoda

02.23.18

Standing in Front of the pagoda, After a long journey, she asked, in which one would you go in if there were two of them? The one to The left is bright, and The one to the right is dark, … Continue reading

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My Lion Friends

02.16.18

I bought them a few years ago, and no matter how much I try, I cannot remember where. I bought them because I liked the colors, and because lions have always been special to me. Since I was a child, … Continue reading

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Class Presentation

02.09.18

Gabriel arrived to school earlier than usual that morning, and with more energy than most days, even though the night before he had barely slept. He had spent almost the whole night awake thinking about his presentation at school, and … Continue reading

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Shadows of the Night

02.02.18

The night came back to the hotel, and the moonlight Filled the once-shiny hallways. The stairs, where children played in the mornings, Were silent now, while shadows walked the steps. The shadows walked up the steps, as if they were … Continue reading

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The Sovereign of the Seas

01.26.18

Many years later, in a small street market, he recognized the first boat he ever fell in love with. After a life of learning about them, collecting them, seeing them as one sees their best friends, talking to them and … Continue reading

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The Coral in the River

01.19.18

Walking around the Suwannee River beds, in Florida, we found them. Two Agatized Coral specimens, laying there, as if they had been waiting for us for millions of years. Amazed by the colors, we all stopped our conversation, and witnessed … Continue reading

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Sea Star in the Sand

01.12.18

Walking in the dessert, we saw a star. “It’s a sea star” she said, and we smiled, As the sand blew around us, and The ocean felt farther than ever. What kind of star do you think it is, I … Continue reading

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The Rabbit and the Secret Candy

01.05.18

Twenty minutes after our grandparents left to take a nap, we went upstairs to the third floor, as usual, with the excitement of doing something secret. Like every weekend for the last few years, all ten of us tip toed … Continue reading

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The Metal Warriors

12.29.17

Sunrise comes, and the two metal warriors stand In front of the sun, leaning against the wall. The sun light hits their glass eyes, and The warriors stand without a blink. The warriors see the grass, and The years passed, … Continue reading

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Fortune Teller

12.22.17

By the time we moved to the town, Mister Simon, also known as Maestro Simon, was already a legend, and everyone in the town, old or young, knew of his fame. Mister Simon was loved and devoted by thousands, they … Continue reading

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