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’”