Fiction and prose by established and emerging authors. Send your poetry or fiction to Chris Brunette at [email protected] to be considered for publication on LitNet.
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FatherNew writing 2021-04-07
"I’ll meet you in ten minutes
At Cafe Anton for coffee
You’ll be early as always
Waiting for me"
wearied angelsNew writing 2021-03-03
"I see salt and smoked paprika;
people content with their fortune,
genuine, kind and unpretentious,
like the pot of vegetable soup"
Little handsNew writing 2021-02-18
"A mother’s tears will never clean the stains
From off his shirt, or the shame that’s buried in
Our dirt, deep in the soil; our country’s land
Is poorer now, forevermore, without that
Namib DesertNew writing 2021-02-09
"Waves of dunes continue into the desert
– death traps in the shifting sands.
Here, compass bearings start to waver
and directions become unclear."
YesteryearNew writing 2021-02-08
"The vast open farms of youth,
where horizons were clear
and bush trails led to secret hideouts."
The mazeNew writing 2021-02-05
"We are enveloped in a hollow sky.
Our search for truth unmasks the void
and its uncertain quantum probabilities"
EntanglementNew writing 2021-02-03
"Sometimes in the middle of the night
I am awakened – desperate and confused.
Was it an echo of her voice I heard
or just someone shouting in the street?"
PortraitNew writing 2021-02-03
"The lights go out – an electricity failure –
the canvas becomes a ghostly surface.
Lingering shapes suspended in the dark –
your portrait waiting to be drawn."
The Southern CrossNew writing 2021-02-03
"The night is an ancient stellar theatre
where cosmic symphonies are heard.
It has an orchestra without a conductor
playing music in counterpoint"
Beginning, middle, endNew writing 2020-12-23
"In Paris at midday on a day in May we emerged from the métro at the Place Maubert. In that tiny square the Huguenots were burned at the stake, I’d read, and I remarked to him that the screams must have been awful."
Him here, he’s my second husbandNew writing 2020-12-18
"A few years ago, I travelled to my hometown – by bus, because I couldn’t muster enough courage to take my car to travel all those many kilometres on my own."
camino journeyNew writing 2020-12-17
"this perhaps a glorious destiny
scattered stardust in an infinite Salty Sea"
LAW FOR ALL's Top 10: "Green" by Naomi MeyerNew writing 2020-12-15
"I don’t see a hopeful future. I see the back of my little girl’s head the last time I was here. The red rash on her neck."
Bitter teaNew writing 2020-12-09
"The name Pretorius sent a shock of frigidity into Nella’s heart. She shuddered. She thought of her blonde husband and what she had heard about a blonde man with the Pretorius girl."
Kommadagga short story: Twee vuilpoppeNew writing 2020-12-02
"I am your son, and we are alike in so many ways. Yes, I like boys, but only to play with. But girls, girls I love. Only girls."
LAW FOR ALL's Top 10: "Exit" by Maretha MaartensNew writing 2020-11-20
"Twenty-nine minutes before her exit, Heaven-Leigh wanted something to eat – vetkoek with golden syrup. No, not an apple. Vetkoek with syrup ..."
Along came the windNew writing 2020-11-16
"Thus the dead speak swift as the wind?
The chiming tunes,
The thumbing thunder that rolls,
smashing the hills in moments of grace."
Circles in the sandNew writing 2020-10-19
"Where do you come from, little one
from the soil that births stone and cement
endlessly perfect control
souls searching for meaning."
CandlesNew writing 2020-10-14
"Thick candles enjoy the heat. Though their glow melts
those next to them, wax drips and widens
their feet – their foundations grow."
Night in Corona CityNew writing 2020-10-08
"In the beginning, we obeyed whatever they said. Everything we heard about this unknown virus was terrifying. How unstoppable it was. How it could leap from person to person like contagious lightning. How slim the chances were of surviving it. How horrible the death that resulted. The human race had no immunity ..."