Friday, February 12, 2010

Guest Write - Michael J. Solender

Pine Box

He worked his small patch in the Smokies with his two boys. Together with his wife they led a quiet and unremarkable, rural life. He was a simple man with basic wants and desires. He often told his family that when it was his time, all that he wanted was a plain pine box and to be covered by six feet of the very earth that he worked these many years. They of course accommodated him on that cool October day. The welt smarting on his forehead marked where his oldest son had cold-cocked him, knocking him out, didn't trouble him near as much as the restrictive confines and retreating oxygen of the pine box and the sounds of soil hitting the nailed shut lid.

Michael J. Solender's work can be found in many places across the web, but his home is at the NOT.

13 comments:

  1. Well, that was certainly disturbing.
    Nicely done Michael!

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  2. Superb piece and a great use of so few words. Well done, Michael.

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  3. Michael, you manage to convey layers of time and meaning in the fewest words, an architecture of economy. Very nice, Richard Godwin.

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  4. OMG! Talk about devil spawn. Powerful flash. I'll think abput this all weekend.

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  5. Nicely done. Eerie and brief; kind of difficult feat to pull off, but you've done it admirably well.

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  6. Congrats Mike on such a powerful piece told with such few words & a little Eerie yet full of intrigue as well - nice.

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  7. Great economy here. Well told. :)

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  8. I read this when it was first posted, let it haunt me for a while, and now I'm coming back to it. It's amazing how you created such complete story in such a small space.

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