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3 min read stories

Discover a collection of stories which are around 3 minutes read time.

3 min read

Bed-making

My bed has been made, though not by me. Who has made this bed? It is one more thing I cannot figure out.For many years I made our bed, to give our children...

2 min read

The Making

* Story contains bad language

We made eyes across the room. We made each other’s acquaintance, whatever that means. I made a move, you made a face. We made out anyway. We made bad...

4 min read

Addition

Mysterious people seem to be living in my house

1 min read

Lucy Anderson's Lament

A Negro slave is all I’ve ever been Since snatched, branded with a red-hot poker Stripped bare and whipped aboard lying unclean Fettered and chained with an...

1 min read

Casting Off

Cast off the mooring ropes at bow and stern head out into the early morning mist hoist the big mainsail, free the jib, and turn feeling the filling canvas...

1 min read

The Taxis

In the first taxi he was alone tra-la, No extras on the clock. He tipped ninepence But the cabby, while he thanked him, looked askance As though to suggest...

1 min read

Snow

The room was suddenly rich and the great bay-window was Spawning snow and pink roses against it Soundlessly collateral and incompatible: World is suddener...

3 min read

Plurality

It is patent to the eye that cannot face the sun The smug philosophers lie who say the world is one; World is other and other, world is here and there,...

1 min read

Meeting Point

Time was away and somewhere else, There were two glasses and two chairs And two people with the one pulse (Somebody stopped the moving stairs): Time was away...

1 min read

Entirely

If we could get the hang of it entirely    It would take too long; All we know is the splash of words in passing       And falling twigs of song, And when we...

2 min read

Notes for a Young Gentleman

A gentleman should greet with genuine warmth only the following persons – his sister’s daughters, his maternal aunts and his mortal enemies.

1 min read

Painting over Aya Sofia

A lot of the painting here is painting over. Can everyone at the back hear over everyone? Everyone is a blast of light seeping across the film. All day high...