“Wiggle Room” / Memorable Fancies #1381

Several years ago, a local (D.C.) TV reporter interviewed a woman on welfare. The following exchange was included in the broadcast (too good to cut!): Reporter: “Are you sexually active?” Woman: “My boyfriend says I don’t move around enough.” <END> Buy it at amazon.com/author/terencekuch: For Anacreon, 30 poems of love and life from the ancient Greek poet (originally published as a chapbook by Silkworms Ink). … [Read more...]

“Ice Machine” / Memorable Fancies #699

[“I live by the ice machine. ... It’s so annoying.” – Jeanne Morel]      The old motel was the only place the County could find for me. So here I am, in room 414. I keep wondering why I was assigned to 414. I guess it’s OK, but there’s a drink machine on one side (where 412 would have been if 412 had been given a life, not aborted in favor of Coke and Pepsi) and the ice machine on the other side, where 416 might have been.       The daily routine here is simple. A rattling sound as quarters … [Read more...]

“Judas Presents a Charity Plan” / A Memorable Fancy #035

Judas had drafted a statement of policy for determining who would be supported by the group’s charities. “First of all, of course, we must distinguish the deserving poor from those who could work at something, if suitably washed and got up in clean clothes, and energized, and motivated. “And second, we must ask that women seeking relief diminish the number of their children, or at least undertake to produce no more. “Third, we do ask that all applicants for assistance be fresh and eager … [Read more...]