The Turning


Winter Wind howls bitterly beyond
the glass barrier, separating me
from nature.

She threatens, she taunts,
“Spring will never find
her way here again.”

She lies. I know that.
Soon I will rake my hands through
clear water, scoop up tiny snails

and marvel at their form
before returning them to

Soon, Brother Sun will kiss
my dark head, even if Winter Wind
throws a tornadic fit, she is

always doomed to give way
to the turning, the forever

Looking for Pork Chop McQuade

Upon the death of her father Cupcake became the caregiver of her mother and sister, both morbidly obese, both perpetually depressed. While her aging uncle, Faucett, tried to give her guidance, she longed for empathy and emotional support. So, she married Bob “Pork Chop” McQuade who turned out to be a conspiracy theorist. Now, her mother is dead, her sister is a recluse, Uncle Faucet has Alzheimers and Bob…well, Bob is missing. In an attempt to find Bob and cling to the last shred of normalacy in her life, Cupcake accepts help from a local sheriff, Daniel Ransom, a man driven by guilt. As they set out to find Bob, Cupcake finds the person who’s really missing in her life, herself.



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