Purple Eye Shadow

I stood in front of the stove seasoning my son’s chicken. He loves my arroz con habichuelas y pollo frito. Eric sat at the kitchen table doing homework. It was our normal after work routine. He’d sit at the table I bought used for forty dollars from a co-worker who was moving overseas to Shanghai

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Riding Chariots

The old fashioned radiator hissed at a soprano note cutting through your concentration while spitting small specs of moisture into the air as it maintained the eight nine degree temperature.  The living room window was propped open but was not our savior. The one bedroom apartment situated on the top floor of the low income

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Mi Querida Abuelita

Querida abuela, I hope that when you receive this letter you are in good health. Your daughter called me the other day from a number I didn’t recognize. I was driving my car out of the Wal-Mart parking lot when I answered and heard her aging voice say my name. Without hesitation I asked “what

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Rainbow Beads

I walked out of the 9th street exit of 13th Ave School in Newark NJ. These doors were used for kids to get to and from the lunch room and at this early hour breakfast was being served. The air smelled like garbage and to my left there was a decade old dumpster that looked like it

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Uncovering Secrets

Uncovering Secrets There was a piece of paper folded in half four times. It was white with dingy edges smeared with finger prints. I don’t know why I kept it. Why I placed it in a drawer of my bureau. Why, when I initially  opened it, I only saw the list of methadone clinics and

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Cause Of Death

I read the first page of the autopsy report and was not at all surprised. However, I asked questions out loud to no one in particular or perhaps to my imagined medical examiner. “So let me get this straight. You mean to tell me my father didn’t mean to kill himself? It was an accident?

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The Great Escape

I ate the grey chalky substance in the holes of the sheet rocked walls when the fridge echoed emptiness at the release of the rubber molding that held it shut. I stood on the back portion of the couch that was situated in the living room to the left of giant-sized windows that faced the back

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Where it all began

This is where it all began. This hospital. The infamous intersection that erased my past and led me to what is now known as foster care. Where they probed us. Touched us. Held us down to check our fevers through anal thermometers. Where my brothers fought for a chocolate chip cookie that fell to the

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To My Chunky Monkey

To My Chunky Monkey My Dear Chunky Monkey, Time has passed so fast. You are going to turn 14 years old at the end of this month and High School starts this coming September. As your mom, this totally sucks for me. I kind of want you to stay little forever. 3 Months old You see, I

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