National Tell a Story Day (“The Election”)


John comely responded, “You may smile and like to shake hands; but, BUT, you have no idea what is going on around you. No, you see only ‘you’ in the mirror; only YOUR property is important; other people’s property is for you to use.”

“So I bumped into you at the gym…I’m sorry, accidents happen; I was in a hurry. How can you say such utter BS about me…what, we go to the same gym, and you think you know everything there is about me?”

The Chairman quickly called the meeting to a close.

After the local newspapers wrote about John’s experience at the gym, the ‘you think you know everything about me’ candidate lost. Most people felt it was John’s final comment as he left the meeting, “I know everything about you…I literally had to walk a mile in your shoes!”
(The Election, is fictional, © Steven S. Walsky, May 2014.)



A poem was born on October 4, 2005


I recently ate at the restaurant where, eleven years ago, I wrote My Sheltered Heart. Although the poem will always come to mind when I am at this restaurant, this day was special. Prior to stopping there on October 4, 2005, during a long drive to Baltimore, I had received a phone call from the person who was now sitting next to me. During the phone call, he said that someone had just told him about a woman whom I had not seen for 28 years. For the next 100+ miles, my mind was fixed on a specific 1975 photograph of the woman; a photograph that resided in an old album sequestered to a storage closet shelf. …thus, as I sat in the restaurant on October 4, 2005, a poem was born.