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Ron. Lavalette's work has appeared in these fine publications:



Tuesday, September 24, 2019

What Basho Knows

Plum Tree Tavern (Online) September 2019


fog is good
but god’s a frog
loves the sun
—leaps—

Friday, September 20, 2019

Not The Warmest Greeting

50-Word Stories (Online) September 2019

 
He was quite sure they’d met before. Her smile, though noncommittal, seemed at least familiar, and somewhat welcoming.
 
It faded, though, as he approached her and sat down beside her on the subway.
 
He knew that he’d mistaken her as soon as she pressed the trigger on the Mace canister.
 

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Love Conquers All

Red Wolf Journal (Online) September 2019

“I bought you some
poison blueberries,”

she said. “You can
have them with your
corn flakes in the morning.”

She had always been
everything he’d ever wanted
so all he heard was:
“I bought you some
blueberries for breakfast.”

He ate them the next day
with toast and orange
marmalade and tea.
He went to work and smiled
at customers and colleagues,
sat quietly at his desk
until half-past five, signed out
and, still smiling, headed home
to his Sweetie Pie.

Monday, September 16, 2019

Overheard

Red Wolf Journal (Online) September 2019


The first words heard on Monday,
smack in the middle of August,
drifted in, distant and disembodied
from the dock of the smallest cabin
across the lake.
                          An ancient couple,
no doubt celebrating their golden
anniversary with a coffee and a
mutual toast, love-talked so softly
that only their voices’ tenderness
and not the content of their speech
travels across the still, wide water.

Sunday, September 01, 2019

Girl Of His Dreams

Potato Soup Journal (Online) August 2019
(10-Word Stories)

He purchased her wedding ring long before they even met.