Storming the Gates

The palace had stormed the gates with a golden retriever. The palace told the retriever, be brave, be merry, be scared of snowflakes. Now run and get the crown! The retriever misunderstood and thought it was supposed to chase a tennis ball.

Fish hooks and errand boys smiled for the cameras. A waspy wannabe shaman, wearing horns and carrying an American flag, posed shirtless, seeking meme eternity.

Mike Pence was never found, good thing for Mother.

As a prolific author from the Boston area, Peter F. Crowley writes in various forms, including short fiction, op-eds, poetry and academic essays. In 2020, his poetry book Those Who Hold Up the Earth was published by Kelsay Books and received impressive reviews by Kirkus Review, the New Age and two local Boston-area newspapers. His writing can be found in Middle East Monitor, Znet, 34th Parallel, Pif Magazine, Galway Review, Digging the Fat, Adelaide’s Short Story and Poetry Award anthologies (finalist in both) and The Opiate. His books That Night and Other Stories (CAAB Publishing) and Empire’s End (Alien Buddha Press) were released during the week of Friday the 13th in October 2023. Read other articles by Peter F..