Titles

Perhaps all you need are the titles and

Forty thousand pages could fall away.

Culture Care and

Humble Roots and

Educating for Shalom and

The Hermeneutics of Love.

Abuse of Language Abuse of Power and

Disarming Beauty and

Absence of Mind.

This shelf delights with books yet closed.

 

But then, Poets on the Psalms was so much better

Than Poets on the Psalms and

Better Living Through Criticism

Was not.

The Agon of Jason

I meant to submit this to Boise Weekly’s Fiction 101. I got busy and didn’t mail it in on time, so here it is.

The Agon of Jason

The doctors claimed they had perfected the process. Jason was the first approved to undergo it. After careful analysis of his bloodwork and brain scans they customized the Personality Correction Serum and injected it at an early morning appointment.

It really almost worked. The despair was gone. His extreme sensitivity dulled just enough. But his face altered beyond recognition. His mother could see the problem the moment she walked into the recovery room.

The doctors should have known how the personality change would change everything. Jason was gone behind his dead eyes. Unknown and unknowable he faded away, starved, and disappeared.