Legacy of Imbalance

I’m a child of climate chaos, bred to breathe poison.

The babes of my generation wailed their way into the world missing pieces—eyes, intestines, trust… Those who came before us lusted after fossil fuel and didn’t love trees enough.

We paid for our forebears’ imbalance in disease and desolation.

Please, don’t take me for a techno-hater. I’m quite attached to my cyber-limbs. Without well-lubed metal, walking and typing and… claiming the coolest vintage oilcan collection west of The Floods would’ve been just a dream for me.

Still, I would’ve loved a leaf collection. The archives say they were lovely.


inspired by this image
photographed by Nick Allen

lingering post-chemo emotions
and this song


– for Friday Fictioneers, hosted by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. To see what other stories were poured out of these cans (see photo), follow this link.
– linked to Poets United.


Cages Can Kill

“Wild women die in captivity.”

“Ciguapas aren’t women, Dust. Ever met a chick who could knock a man out with her voice? Or who had feet pointing in the same direction as her ass?”

Dustin watched the ciguapa, the woman, sitting by the waterfall grooming her hair. “We can’t cage her. She won’t survive.”

“She’ll live long enough. We can’t be blamed if she dies after we get paid.” He smirked before aiming the dart rifle at her hip.

“No!” Dustin smacked the rifle as the other man pulled the trigger.

His dart missed.

But her song got them both.


the wee notes…
– I grew up in a small village, in the Dominican Republic, listening to stories about ciguapas, mythological beings of Dominican and Puerto Rican folklore. According to my Grandmother, ciguapas were extremely fast, had a jet-black mane that went all the way down to their feet (which pointed backwards), and every single one of them was female… For this reason, most legends say, they enthralled human males (for a day or 3 of passionate love-making) in order to keep their species going.

– written for Friday Fictioneers, where Rochelle Wisoff-Fields, invites us to use a photo (the 2nd in this post) as inspiration for a story of 100 words or fewer. To read more waterfall-inspired tales, follow this link.


Ciguapa, by Felix Esteban Rosario

photo by Dale Rogerson