Here is another of those two-sentence stories with poetry added. I’m thinking of them as “Minuscule” and quick to read.

Read the first Minuscule, the explanation of why I wrote it and got started on this idea, and search under the category Fiction/Poetry Combination for others in the series.



I know you’re my only brother, but I’ve taken the last message from the tabloids I ever want to write down, I’ve thrown your clothes out the window and onto the front lawn, and I’ve called an ambulance for our mother who is right now choking on that big bite of public opinion entitled “neighbors and their snide remarks”. I swear, everything you do, it’s either it’s illegal or it’s embarrassing and sometimes both but never neither and – what – what – what is it you’re saying – you’ve assigned half the royalties from your tell-all book to me?

when you reach fed up
your patience
cut to shreds
chance news at the last minute
brings you in on fumes

(Shadorma 90)


8 thoughts on “Perspective

  1. Every family is dysfunctional in its own way I think. I am currently writing up my family history research and there is so much dysfunction, often passed from generation to generation. I often wonder, therefore, about the people who publish memoirs and how for some the process of having it aired is probably cathartic while for others it is traumatic or simply mortifying. I had not thought about how a share of the proceeds might sugar the pill. In fact, a friend of mine wrote an account of his family’s rise and fall and all sorts of distant family members came out of the woodwork to either harangue him for airing dirty laundry in public or else in hopes of getting a piece of the pie. As challenging as that has been, my friend has zero regrets because the process of researching and writing has been therapeutic.

  2. I would never write a tell all and luckily I won’t be tempted to since I have absolutely no material to work with that everyone else on earth hasn’t already lived through or whatever. In other words, my book would be a giant yawn. I still can’t imagine doing it and think of all the paths that are then opened up. Plus the family and friends reaction, as you say. I do think offering money could help, for many people, though. Really.

  3. I’m the same. Nothing new or interesting to offer plus, as private as I can be, I’m also a bit of an open book. Even the family history I’m writing up is just to be shared with interested family members. I can’t imagine anyone else being interested. Not even for money!

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