Weak and poisoned, we stay inside,
The bright red cars,
the sparkling water and the neon lights,
the year we walked through the world creating living things like carbon copies of the secret code of being.
Now we wrap ourselves in blankets and curl up against the rickety walls,
telling stories to keep warm at night,
always ending with the one about the black dog
who stopped for one last glance before limping into the shadows.
Patricia J. Anderson’s essays and short stories have appeared in The Sun, Glamour Magazine, Ars Medica, and Chronogram among other periodicals. She has published articles on a range of issues for Tricycle, The Buddhist Review and Rewireme.com, written exhibition and catalogue copy for such institutions as the American Museum of Natural History and the Capital Museum, and narration for video and radio documentaries. Anderson has worked with graphic designers to create narratives for a wide variety of commercial and educational websites. She is the recipient of The Communicator Award for online excellence. Her books include All Of Us and Affairs In Order. She lives with her family in New York’s Hudson Valley.