Tangential paths

Photo “I understand what you’re saying. But if I change direction, how do I explain it to all my followers? How do I go back on my words and say it was all wrong?” “There is no right or wrong. Are you convinced you need a new direction?” Yes. The bigotry I drilled into people … Continue reading Tangential paths

No Camouflage

Itisha is arrested for a social media post, which is perceived as being inimical to the interest of the powerful. Fear pervades the neighbourhood, as her family gathers funds to engage a lawyer, and lives in dread of the midnight knock. Her father comes across an email from Goodreads, which shows that Itisha has been … Continue reading No Camouflage


If you are a dreamer, come in.. The line is from Shel Silverstein’s poem, Invitation, as published in his wonderful book, Where the Sidewalk Ends.  Shel Silverstein is an American writer, poet, cartoonist, songwriter and playwright.  The prompt is set by Lillian at dVerse Poets Pub We don’t walk around here, we float, without moving from our … Continue reading Floaters


Rumour mills are agog that the President’s wife is a super-natural being. Domestic staff says mirrors do not reflect her presence. I pinch myself to confirm if I exist, if I’m real. Does a world exist outside my mind, my imagination?  I probe the voice, which talks about the President’s wife. There is yet another … Continue reading Floating

Magic Tree

Golden Apple Tree and Nine Peahens by Arthur Rackham from the Allies Fairy Book 1916 It was an unusual night. I smashed the past with outdated hammers, and left them behind to blame each other. I went out to the hazel wood, because a fire was in my head. I needed to build the future. … Continue reading Magic Tree


Pete Linforth on Pixabay I spoke to two friends today - a corporate executive and a doctor. Both echoed the same thoughts in response to “How are things with you?” The fifty plus generation does not have much paid work left to do,  We have hit a glass ceiling. Experience is an impediment to those … Continue reading Bone-Weary

Summation of Life

“I have a clearer view of things now”. He was speaking with his eyes closed, and his favourite music playing in the background. “Are you ready to get the will registered?” His wife sounds impatient. “Not yet. But reading the book The Future of Your Money has given me immense clarity on what I would … Continue reading Summation of Life

Beyond the wall

The monsters on the other side have imprisoned a fairy.  The fairy can solve all kids’ problems. We search online to see if she is accessible, but it appears she is the old-fashioned type who work with a wand and wings. We are willing to help her out with gadgets, if the wands and wings … Continue reading Beyond the wall

Wrong end

“I’ve never been to a place of worship. I don’t believe in God.” “One doesn’t have to worship to believe in God. Religion is a man-made institution, with an imaginary God as a central character. The Creator is not confined to any structure.” “Imaginary is the word”, he continued with an animated expression, “Do you … Continue reading Wrong end

Starry nights

Background with Starry night sky. Falling Snow Effect. Galaxy I envy stars. They reflect borrowed light, and make the night worthwhile. They twinkle unashamedly, unmindful of their tiny size. They are a constant in the sky, not afraid of the density of passing clouds. Denizens of the earth write stories and songs around them. In … Continue reading Starry nights