Ron Torrence published his first short story at age 50 and his first poem at age 80. Even so his fiction, non fiction and poetry is pretty widely published. He’s also written five novels and a screen play, all unpublished. Much more to do. His work has appeared in American Writer’s Review, Crack The Spine, The Dirty Goat, Dos Passos Review, Existere Journal, Forge, The MacGuffin, Menda City Review, Nassau Review, riverSedge, Orange Willow Review, Slipstream, Eureka Literary Magazine, Oxalis, Ash, Potent Aphrodisiac, Rockhurst Review, The Tower Journal, Thereby Hangs A Tale, Typo, Sour Grapes, Circuit Traces, RE:AL, Reflections Literary Journal, way station magazine, West Wind Review, Wild Violet, Yellow Mama and Pleasant Living.
Phantoms in my Brain
i wanted to be your son you didn’t want to be my mother you wanted dancing all night every night stealing time from war raging far away where father was i cried out to unseen voices i listened to empty hallways i fell asleep to my own songs
The Son Also Rises
never do that you say always do this you say i drive nails into my teeth i masticate my heart i regurgitate my soul at last i say i will be who i am
a breeze touches leaves rustling rustling birds the sun touches flowers opening opening sing water touches sand whispering whispering sing i nestle my head to the pillow tucking memories to safety of sleep