Top Colors – Metro #4

The top green color distracted me from
Thumbs zigzaging across small screens
I counted ten passwords for those things
Then Dee saved me from the tunnel traffic


Novel – Untitled – Chapter Three

November 8, 2005

The shadows flickered silhouettes across the room as the guests settled around with their evening meals.  One by one they crosses their feet under them as they settled on the pillows.  The shadows flickered silently.  Then someone spoke.

“There are no words to describe the sufferings on Fallujans,” bemoaned the cleric in trying to explain the inexplicable year later aftermath of the U.S. led invasion.

“Those boys were not terrorists.  We knew where they prayed, ate and slept.  They were the boys from our neighborhood and everyone was accounted for,” said Akhtar, followed by a silent whisper, “They were targeted to be killed.”


Novel – Untitled – Chapter Two

Baghdad International Airport
October 1, 2004

His feet barely dropped on Iraqi soil when his heart started palpitating with its internal jihad.  The civilians and soldiers bustled passed Fletcher Adams as he bent over slightly to pace his heart beat.  His head swam in second thoughts:  family and friends he left behind, music that he missed playing, and devotion to leading the youth of camping trips.  Fletcher felt sick for the first time since his training as a peacekeeper six months ago.  He emptied his stomach in one strong decisive heave onto the tarmac of Baghdad International Airport which just changed its name from Saddam International Airport and returned to civilian control.

Novel – Untitled – Chapter One

O’Hare International Airport, Chicago
September 17, 2004

The tall, awkward, lanky silhouette of Fletcher Adams drew itself on the glass encasing the Hudson News & Gifts.  Taking his sweet time just like his 3-days of delayed flights, he slowly scanned the visible headlines without picking up the rest – U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan declares Iraq war illegal; Intelligence report delivered to Bush warns of civil war. Bush’s response: the CIA is “just guessing;” Death toll of U.S. soldiers in Iraq passes 1,000.  Fletcher took another breath of normalcy as he continued scanning.