July 5, 2022

A DRINK TO END THE WORLD

by R.T. Castleberry The map of the world has changed since I photographed you faded in its frame, ink lighter with the seasons. No Siam, no Burma, one Vietnam. Across the room your cheekbones are sharper, hair shorter, bright blonde as your lips and nails are red. Aroma from a whiskey tumbler reveals polite wine […]

Called by Name

I used another name last night,took initials and a ringleader’s bandannainto calibrations of changing moonlight.I carry knives in every pocket,a coin lucky for the week.Loose on my hand,the signet ring is a stranger’s fit.I use Crown Royal to share my voice,a shoplifter’s Mont Blanc to signbroadsides written for the war.Fortunate in a year of injury, […]