Too Late?

Is it too late?  Am I too old? Sasha thought while leaning against the doorframe.  Her arms crossed, she stood staring into the long-neglected music studio.  She was told she had talent, but that was a long time ago.  For years, she put her music aside.  She raised her children and had obligations that stole her…

Gondolier

Orphaned, Carlo slept in doorways.  With hat in hand, he begged for food.  “Ho fame (I’m starving).”  He hauled boxes for merchants and fished at the pier.  Scrimping, he saved enough to buy a gondola.  He enjoyed carrying passengers along the canals of Venice.  One day, a beautiful woman stepped into his boat.  They glided to…

Thursday Doors: Star Ferry

A bit of old Hong Kong includes a trip on the Star Ferry.  This famous ferry has carried passengers back and forth across Victoria Harbor from Hong Kong Island to the Kowloon side since 1888. Per a recent news article in the South China Morning Post, before the Star Ferry was established, individuals crossed the…

Feathers

“They aren’t very smart, why are we watching them?” “We’ve been over this many times.” “And they are so oddly shaped too.” “Why do you care?” As the curtains dropped, the couple walked away from the window. “I don’t know …  Also, why do we have to look like this? It’s embarrassing.” “You know what the…

Thursday Doors: Statue Square

The other day, my husband and I enjoyed a walk around Statue Square.  Stepping off the bus and onto the square, the joyful chatter and laughter swirled around us from visitors and domestic helpers relaxing on their day off. The square was created at the end of the nineteenth century on reclaimed land.  It is…

Justice

Visitors wander through the museum. I weave amongst them barely noticed. Only my breath against their skin. The others emerge from the deep shadows. We watch as Eden enters through the main door with a girl hanging on his arm. As we used to be, she is naïve. Eden brings all his victims here before…

Blue Fairy

Once upon a time, a farmer dug a well.  The shimmery water tasted sweet.  The farmer’s crops flourished.  One morning, a tiny blue-skinned fairy appeared on the well. She said, “I stirred magic into your water.  You must answer this riddle or I’ll take it away.  ‘Poor people have it. Rich people need it. If…