About Red Tales

Here's an evolving electronic collection of short prose pieces, with a poem contributed occasionally. Brevity guides. Although sometimes a piece will run to 900 words, most pieces are much shorter. Here one may find erotica, flash fiction, brief observations, and modest improvisations. Another rule is that each piece must have something to do with"red"; at least the word has to appear in each piece functionally. . . . All pieces are numbered and titled, so there's a de facto table of contents running down the rail below, under "Labels" (scroll down a bit). Browse for titles that look interesting, if you like. Thank you for stopping by. Look for some red today, tonight.

"Flaming June," by Frederick Lord Leighton

"Flaming June," by Frederick Lord Leighton

Thursday, August 21, 2008

9. Organized Angels

9. Organized Angels

The angels have unionized. The other day I ran into the Local #528 president in Tacoma, Washington (known to be a stolid labor-town).

Actually, I ran under her. She was sitting on a limb belonging to one of the massive trees in Wright Park.

“You look like you might have done some work in your life,” she said.

“Long ago,” I said. “Now I watch a lot of cable-television and worry and run errands and nap.”

“Sounds heavenly,” she said, “and that’s not a compliment. How do you make a living?”

“Oh, I work,” I said. “I just don’t work. It’s very stressful, the sort of unworkable work I do.”

She went on to explain about the union. Labor-strife with God, Who is shop-steward of the universe. Wages, hours, layoffs, out-sourcing. Scabs from polytheistic traditions. The whole bit.

“Let me guess,” I said, “—He thinks the union is the work of the Devil.”

“You got it.”

“I see your shoes are red,” I noted. “Any significance to that?”

“No. I thought they were cute, and they were on sale, as well as union-made. Well, affiliated-made, anyway.”

A gray squirrel approached. The angel and the squirrel spoke in a language I’d never heard. The squirrel departed then.

“That was an angel,” the angel said. “We come in all forms.”

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