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Tom Flanders
Writer of words, geek by trade, crippling introvert trying to break free
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The young woman pointed to the hawk. She is the portent of death she said. I asked her when I was going to die. She corrected me. I wasn’t going to die. I was going to take a life. The life of a loved one. I knew at once who she meant and that she was right.
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Tom Flanders Nov 30
Dear December you must forgive me. I do not welcome your coming. As much as I want this year to be over, I have unfinished business with November. Please give me one more day. I will repay you two in kind when I have the power to do so.
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Tom Flanders Nov 30
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Tom Flanders Nov 29
Not everything is about sex. Just the important stuff.
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Tom Flanders Nov 28
100 Words – Road Trip
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Tom Flanders Nov 28
I spend at least an hour before sleep shaking off the despair of the day. Rhythmic breathing, meditation, medication. Finally slipping into a shallow rest. Woken by the horror of yet another sunrise. Maybe I’m just not cut out for the post office.
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Tom Flanders Nov 27
The newspaper said that Lucy died of a broken heart. Clyde knew that he was the one who broke it. In two. With a machete.
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Tom Flanders Nov 26
Prudence was a mosaic of neglect, anger and big dreams. She was raised on robbing gas stations but the age of credit killed that. She tried hooking, but killed too many Johns. She didn’t have the skills for identity theft, so she wound up a wedding planner.
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Tom Flanders Nov 25
Tom Week – Lordsburg to Tucson
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Tom Flanders Nov 25
My first parade ruined me for parades the rest of my life. As the last band passed we all got in the street and followed them. It was magic. Then we turned the corner and the whole parade was being dismantled. The magic was gone. I was six.
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Tom Flanders Nov 24
Charles, my Psycho Bunny, keeps bugging me to buy him some ax wax. Not the stuff for guitars with that name, but wax for his literal ax. He tells me it will keep the blood stains from sticking. I tell him he’s a figment of my imagination.
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Tom Flanders Nov 23
Growing up, Smiley’s family had one of those Jesus paintings whose eyes followed you. Only they didn’t follow Smiley. At least not until they put Jesus across from a mirror. In the reflection Jesus’s eyes followed him. Smiley smiled. Jesus’s reflection laughed.
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Tom Flanders Nov 23
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Tom Flanders Nov 22
The collaboration between the monkeys and the cows eventually failed. While the moneys did learn how to milk the cows, the cows were never able to learn how to milk the monkeys.
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Tom Flanders Nov 21
100 Words – Stoic
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Tom Flanders Nov 21
Clyde met a bunch of motorheads online. He described to them the varied vehicles he’s owned. They were enthralled and welcomed him. Two hours later he found himself blocked and shunned after admitting that none of his cars ever had a little green tree air freshener.
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Tom Flanders Nov 20
Clyde needs to get it together. Apparently attacking your anger management coach is frowned upon. To be fair, the coach’s advice for dealing with Clyde’s insomnia was, “to get more sleep.”
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Tom Flanders Nov 19
Thanksgiving is in a week. My family are talking about a big plump turkey. There will be twenty people there. Not me. I’ll be holed up somewhere, mask at the ready, hiding from the plague.
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Tom Flanders Nov 18
Tom Week – Artesia to Las Cruces
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Tom Flanders Nov 18
Clyde was a politician in training. He had all the skills down except for that not answering questions thing. He flunked Prevarication 101 three times. He was unable to explain why.
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