A haiku

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Flowing from life’s birth

An omnipotent parent

Respected and not


The pursuit of happiness

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The figure in the back of the Toyota pick-up clung to the custom-mounted .50 caliber machine gun as the truck bounced along the dirt road toward the ambush site. It was traveling at a speed that suggested the driver was attempting to shake his buddy in the back loose. He wasn’t. He was, however, unaware of the three-man team of “security” contractors waiting behind the dirt mounds on the side of the road with an RPG pointed at him.

“Here we go, boys,” said a man with a British accent as he tucked a pair of binoculars into one of…


Is death the one goal we all share in life?

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The carpet felt soft under his bare feet. He stepped quietly so as not to wake anyone and crept across the landing toward the staircase. He lowered himself down and sat on the soft carpet of the landing with his feet on the first of the wooden steps. As he stared into the darkness at the bottom of the stairs, he whispered, “How do I get it to open again?”

“You don’t,” said the female voice. The response was immediate, as if she had been waiting for him.

“But I want to go back,” he whispered, looking around to ensure…

Mark James

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