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

Friday, September 5, 2008

21. From This Valley

I don't want to live here, you don't want to live here, he, she, it doesn't, they don't want to, nobody wants to, live here.

Not even the mayor of here wants to live here. Despair was his campaign-platform.

I suggest we hasten to bid here adieu and move to the Red River Valley.

We could take back all the insensitive things we have said to each other here.

We might prepare to take the real-estate-sales examination. We might grow squash--and tomatoes.

These are our lives, darling, and none other, and this is the Red River Valley, and what we are experiencing here at the mayor's reception is the effect of time on carbon-based organisms.

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