Poem: “Unknown battle”

My written words are in an unknown battle with your unspoken thoughts and since neither are audible or discernible to the other or to us the fight will silently rage into the darkness until we are deafened by the peace that could have been — if you liked this please check out my book ofContinue reading “Poem: “Unknown battle””

Poem: “Chronicle”

I am not glad that you are gone (have left) but I am thankful that while you were here I chronicled our love on my flesh but my art is not that of (clichéd) dragons and skulls or daggers (though this may be next) but of hearts and crosses and birds and Bible verses (PsalmContinue reading “Poem: “Chronicle””

Poem: Written History

There is a box in your basement or attic (or in last week’s trash) overfilled with letters that I’d written too you and about us and these memories and poems and prayers are one half of our written history. Beneath my bed is a similar box filled with your writing and lip prints and smellsContinue reading “Poem: Written History”

Excerpt from “Tin Boy”

For a moment he returned to the years when her costumes consisted of white nurses’ capes, red riding hoods, and soft blue eyes – her smile that night was the same as then, minus braces, and dimples now outshone freckles.  With only a handful of houses to go and his football helmet in his pillowcaseContinue reading “Excerpt from “Tin Boy””

Excerpt from ‘blessed’

they had to be quiet for a while and let it all soak in because as they say and silence is golden. now if he drove really fast and used the tappan zee bridge as a ramp they would be in orbit in no time and wouldn’t that be better than here and even thoughContinue reading “Excerpt from ‘blessed’”

Excerpt from flash fiction story ‘advent on a one year delay’

sunday was jeans and sneakers and gloves and parkas which not only came in handy on the trails but also later in the theater because can you believe how cold it was in there? i didn’t care though because it gave me a reason to sit closer to you and feel your head against myContinue reading “Excerpt from flash fiction story ‘advent on a one year delay’”

Resignation – a poem by Nikki Giovanni

This is my all-time favorite poem:  http://betweenpoems.tumblr.com/post/18957683579/resignation-nikki-giovanni I love you because the Earth turns around the sun because the North wind blows north sometimes because the Pope is Catholic and most Rabbis Jewish because winters flow into springs and the air clears after a storm because only my love for you despite the charms orContinue reading “Resignation – a poem by Nikki Giovanni”

Excerpt from “Working on Mysteries”

His heart rate increased, and the sweat of his palms mixed with the condensation of the beer can that he hurriedly placed on a macramé coaster. When he stood and turned she was directly in front of him. When they inched toward each other first their thighs met, and then just above – causing herContinue reading “Excerpt from “Working on Mysteries””

Excerpt from “Gold”

With leaves of the seventies crunching under boots of today he wanders through his mind considering the blessing of kids, family, friends – and her. Yesterday’s rake joined forces with today’s blower and earbuds replaced singing to himself, and the song that bridged then to now, and despair to hope, rose up as the leavesContinue reading “Excerpt from “Gold””

Excerpt from “context”

i might tell you how much I enjoy being with you as if you couldn’t tell (i am that transparent) but it would be without true meaning i should let you know how each of your kisses paralyze me for a beautiful brief instant (which is why I have to pull away and reset) butContinue reading “Excerpt from “context””

Excerpt from, “A dent and the other half of a smile”

(This story, in its entirety, is contained in my book of poetry and short fiction titled, “Songs you can’t dance to” – available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble by searching ‘steven harz’) — He doesn’t recall how they’d actually met – Sunday school or second grade or summers at the swim club – all he rememberedContinue reading “Excerpt from, “A dent and the other half of a smile””

Excerpt from “swaying to the music”

hearts full and on the verge of tears they listened as the song came to its close. this was all very new and very good and like nothing he had known before and has experienced rarely since. this night no longer seems like yesterday – too much time has passed and the years have fadedContinue reading “Excerpt from “swaying to the music””

Excerpt from “She’s as sweet as”

Startled at first he reached his arms around her back and slowly gathered her in. The weight of her sweater, layered over the requisite white turtleneck, is something he can remember today if he closes his eyes and lets himself drift. Palm against the small of her back, his fingers were outstretched and his leftContinue reading “Excerpt from “She’s as sweet as””

Excerpt from ‘Forever’

She was happy, no, overjoyed that her brother and the one person in the world she loved more than anything – other than her own kids – had found love after a bad marriage and many years of emotional turmoil for which no dosage of pharmaceuticals could fix. Spousal infidelity and three year olds inContinue reading “Excerpt from ‘Forever’”

Excerpt from ‘bryant park 4/10/09’

officers with rifles circle the park now as a reminder of then and as a siren goes the opposite way up 6th and I see you crossing 42nd and our eye contact is crucial because it’s lifting me above the seven year malaise that started on the eleventh and ended today. above the park andContinue reading “Excerpt from ‘bryant park 4/10/09’”