• Mel DuPont commented on the post, attendant 7 years, 6 months ago

    The attendant response is perfunctory. “Why ask why, when you can ask why not?” How does this matter to me, she thought bemusedly. Why should I care what a guy with a towel on his arm says, anyway, and hey, what’s […]

  • Mel DuPont commented on the post, darkroom 8 years, 8 months ago

    My kids may never know what a darkroom was.

    Once upon a time, I was dating loserboy. And holography was a new thing. Long story short, we got into an argument over the advisability of filling the room we were standing in with carbon dioxide. What a tool.

  • Mel DuPont commented on the post, jelly 8 years, 8 months ago

    Bowlful of jelly. Who orders that? Do they just eat it with a spoon? Do they order a dozen English muffins?

    A bowlful of jelly seems like a lot of jelly. Maybe (probably) too much. Unless it’s Thanksgiving and that’s all you have to eat besides crackers.

    Saltines with strawberry jelly are pretty good.

  • Mel DuPont commented on the post, rocket 8 years, 8 months ago

    The Space Shuttle has three detaching rockets it uses to get into orbit. It’s got three more permanently attached and used for propulsion, steering, reentry, and landing.

  • Mel DuPont commented on the post, edition 8 years, 9 months ago

    I may own a few first editions. Not sure.

    Having the first or the signed copy isn’t important to me. What’s important to me is the content. Can I relate to it? Does it have value? Is it genuine?

  • Mel DuPont commented on the post, ragged 8 years, 9 months ago

    Her breath came in ragged gasps. She choked and coughed, and began to get her breathing under control.

    It didn’t feel anything like drowning.

  • Mel DuPont commented on the post, perfectly 8 years, 9 months ago

    perfectly climbing roses
    grasping and clawing
    beautiful
    destruction

  • Mel DuPont commented on the post, discover 8 years, 9 months ago

    A: I’m certain we’ll discover it. I mean, how hard can it be to find… Um, what were we looking for again?

    B: You know, if you can’t keep a thought in your head, something something armageddon.

    A: …Underpants, profit, armageddon?

    B: Yeah, that’s it.

  • Mel DuPont commented on the post, fiction 8 years, 9 months ago

    When I was a kid, I used to wonder if this was all real. This desk, this chair, this lamp, all the accessories of this life.

    Sometimes I imagined I’d wake up as an alien, and be surprised to find I’d fallen asleep and been dreaming the whole time.

  • Mel DuPont commented on the post, phrase 8 years, 9 months ago

    What was that phrase – your catchphrase? You always used to say…?

  • Mel DuPont commented on the post, notice 8 years, 9 months ago

    He put me on notice.

    Again.

    Right or wrong, it doesn’t seem to matter. I’m always on the list. Troublemaker. Rebel. Terrorist. Insubordinate.

    And it’s starting to wear on me. And get me mad.

  • Mel DuPont commented on the post, library 8 years, 9 months ago

    I wish I had gone to the library more as a child. I would have gotten to read so many more books. But instead, I was busy playing outside: sunshine bronzing me, wind and dirt in my hair, laughing. Living. Like they write about.

  • Mel DuPont commented on the post, split 8 years, 9 months ago

    What do you call a sundae divorce?

    A banana split.

    (That was terrible. I apologize.)

  • Mel DuPont commented on the post, stick 8 years, 10 months ago

    poohsticks on the bridge
    giggling
    silly competition
    is it up to luck?
    random?
    is there a trick to picking sticks?
    to dropping them?
    if it’s fun, does it even matter?

  • Mel DuPont commented on the post, wrong 8 years, 10 months ago

    It was so wrong, what she said to me. So wrong.

    What alarmed me most was how easily she said it – like a mouth full of olive oil.

    Hideous. Hideous creature.

  • Mel DuPont commented on the post, temper 8 years, 10 months ago

    temper temper
    can’t let anger get out of control
    big kids use their words, not their swords

  • Mel DuPont commented on the post, believer 8 years, 10 months ago

    There is something more out there. This is the seeker’s mantra: that no matter how much I’ve seen and done, there is always more to see and do. More people to swap ideas with. More beauty in nature. More life.

  • Mel DuPont commented on the post, amazed 8 years, 10 months ago

    amazed
    the silent
    wind
    when there is nothing to hit the wind makes no noise
    airlocked
    space time
    gone
    but out there
    adrift
    cold endless cold
    frozen past boiling
    frozen again
    brittle now
    and like to break upon impact.

  • Mel DuPont commented on the post, willow 8 years, 10 months ago

    There’s a such thing as an upright willow. They’re pretty cool when they sway in the breeze. My neighbors have upright willows. It seems to me one year, they had no trees. Two years later, they had 50′ tall upright willows. My perception of the growth rate of these trees is probably skewed. I try […]

  • Mel DuPont commented on the post, teeth 8 years, 10 months ago

    Her tiny teeth were backed by a powerful jaw, so when she bit me, I yelled in both surprise and pain. I had no idea such short incisors could penetrate so deeply, by virtue of clamp-power mixed with tinyness.