Allan Rae

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Welcome to my online portfolio, home to what I feel constitutes my best literary nonfiction, poetry, flash fiction, & photography, with links to my published work, as well as the occasional editorial or research update.

The Pain Of Light And Fur: A Day In The Life of Her Only Child


Again, it happened.

The tattered brown bear
object of their scorn wet
on the rough gravel still
and silent in the place
where he stood too afraid
to move he stayed silent
as their words cracked
and lashed he stood
still trying hard not
to notice the last
of his light sink
in and away.

There on the gravel beside
puddles and orange leaves
his tattered bear unmoved
from where it had been
thrown she picks it up
and holding it tight in
flashes of weary hope
for her child as he
sprints across the field
to meet her smile as
wet orange leaves fly
ffrom his hair certain
she sees sparkles of
light dance briefly on
tattered brown fur of a
bear swinging alongside.

Fractured Reflections Of A Not Too Distant Past

Shivers: Part 1