Thursday, April 4, 2019

And Yet Again (A Requested Repost), Post #81

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Before talking about this week’s offer, I'd like to suggest you listen to my  buddy Don Travis's interview on  Radio Station KSJE in Farmington about his novel The Bisti Business. 

He also wants to give a shout out to Traci HalesVass, Professor Emerita of English and host of the program Writers on 4 Corners on KSJE 90.9 FM

 The station’s interest was sparked by one of the key settings, the Bisti-De-Na Zin Wilderness, which is located in their neck of the woods. You can hear the interview by clicking on the following link:

Strange things happen on occasion. This past week, two of my readers asked about a post I did back in November of 2017. At their request, I agreed to post it a second time. So here we go yet again. (Appropriate, don’t you think?)


          You open your eyes to the soft light of early morning, fearing last night was a magnificent dream and hoping it was not. You turn your head… and there he is, lying on his belly, naked torso half turned to you, eyes closed in slumber.
          Good Lord! Have you bedded a minor? The smooth curve of his jaw is unblurred by the shadow of a beard. The closed lids with long sable lashes might be a girl’s. The sideburns curl a little at the end, lending belief this is but a beautiful child.
          But you recall where you met him last evening… at a bar. You discerned the figure of a man beneath the cable knit sweater and dockers. And although the brown penny loafers gave him an adolescent air, his performance was that of a man… a confident, competent man.
          You want to touch him but resist, reluctant to disturb his tranquil sleep. It pulls you back to your own youth full of innocence, yet fumbling your way toward the worldly, the carnal. You do not recall his name, so you dub him Bud in your mind. An equally innocent, unformed name. It seems fitting.
          You shiver in the grip of a sudden fear this is but a brief, passing thing. How can you bind him to you? Make yourself important to him. To his future. Tension flows out of you as you realize you cannot. This will be what it will be. In the meantime, drink your fill of his boyish charm, his relaxed pouty lips, his delicate nose, his strong chin.
          He startles you with a stretch as he turns on his back, taking the sheet down with churning legs. You fear he’s awake, but he releases a long slow breath, and then his amazingly deep chest rises and falls in a circadian rhythm. His brown nipples centered in dark aureoles stir you, but you manage to keep your hands and lips off them as you complete your inventory. Ribs lightly edged with muscle. Must be a swimmer. Torso hairless until just below a fetching navel where a thin trail of pubes—much lighter than the dark, curly mane on his head—disappear beneath the thin sheet covering his package. You are rocked by this picture of innocence packed with potential danger.
          You cannot help yourself. You reach out and touch him. He rises instantly, strong and proud and throbbing. His eyes snap open. He looks blank for a moment before he turns his head to you. In an instant, he morphs from a beautiful angel into a handsome satyr as he gives a slow, sardonic smile and comes for you… yet again.


When I originally posted this piece, I said that it was an unusual story… at least for me. Not necessarily the content, but from the fact that it is told in the second person and the present tense. Something that I very seldom do. From the post hits and these requests, the story seems to have struck a chord with some of the readers.

Don’t forget to listen to Don Travis’s interview on KSJE. (See the link above.)

Amazon permits you to read a short passage of my novels, Cut Hand and Johnny Two-Guns. I also believe the STARbooks-published River Otter, Echoes of the Flute, and Medicine Hair are still up. I sure would like to get the final book in the Cut Hand Series, Wastelakapi… Beloved, published, but it’ll take some help from readers to get Dreamspinner interested.

My contact information is provided below in case anyone wants to drop me a line:
Website and blog:
Twitter: @markwildyr

The following are buy links for CUT HAND:

And now my mantra: Keep on reading. Keep on writing. You have something to say, so say it!

Until next time.


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