Junior: A Novel from the Mind of Erozeno

Junior: A Novel from the Mind of Erozeno
Available 2017

LOVE AND HOPE AND SCARY DREAMS I

I walked through the valley of darkness; the place where I lost my soul. I tried in vain to find a path to the light.

I saw a pair of headlights shining in the distance. I smelled burning metal and flesh.

The headlights became brighter as they steadily approached.

A burning car stopped within a few feet of me. My father was behind the wheel of Mustang Sally.

He got out of the car, and left the engine running. It was too dark to recognize his passenger.

A Mickey Newbury song blared from the car’s stereo speakers.

“…I tripped on a cloud and fell eight miles high
I tore my mind on a jagged sky…”

My father approached me. I reached to hug him but he resisted, saluting me. Half of his right arm was missing. The remainder of his sleeve swung limp and impotent.

His chest was full of medals. He wore a necklace of human ears from the victims he killed in Vietnam. Each pair of ears was a confirmed kill; my father’s souvenir from the war.

“I’m sorry son,” he said. “Sorry to leave you and your mother. But duty called, and a man must answer.”

My mother had been pregnant with me when my father was sent to Vietnam.

“Let me tell you,” he continued. “Vietnam is a great place to visit, but I wouldn’t want to live there.”

“How about die there?” I joked.

He stared at me.

Some people can tell them and some people can’t.

“…I pushed my soul in a deep dark hole and then I followed it in. I watched myself crawlin’ out as I was a-crawlin’ in…”

Junior: A Novel from the Mind of Erozeno

© 2016, Erozeno

Artwork / Photography © 2016, Erozeno

 

Live Today

Let’s live today!

The most

important

part of life

is to live

 

To do

To be

To experience

To feel

To love

 

Never worry

about the forces

acting upon us

or against us

 

Participate

Take a chance

Walk the path

 

Just be

Get on the road

Endure the curves

Savor the straight-a-ways

Learn from its twists and turns

 

What others think

makes no difference to us

Their opinions are their own

and have no bearing on how we live

 

We shall never spend our lives

living by the rules of others

 

We shall live today

 

We learn to live

when we turn

loose of fear

prejudice

and hatred

 

Live now

Live in the moment

Enjoy this gift of life

Enjoy this gift of time

 

Savor every moment

of this irrationality of being

 

Smile

Love

Be loved

Make love

 

Risk annihilation

Risk the end of this life

 

Let’s risk it all

Let’s take the plunge

Let’s take that road together

 

Let’s live

Let’s love

Let’s be loved

Let’s make love

 

Let’s have fun

Let’s live free from fear

 

Let’s create

Let’s explore

 

Let’s live today

 

© 2015, Erozeno

Artwork / Photography © 2105, Erozeno

Let's Live Today!