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 are 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 He’s also written five novels and a screen play, all unpublished.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.
unbearable maelstrom of being
multitudinous torrents cascade life’s cliffs gravity’s arc etching air turbulencing plunge pools joy sorrow rage peace love hate hope despair unequal streams disbursed life by life god? demon? indifferent fate?
mirror on time’s wall
she sits at her window all day cars below become model t’s her youth dancing all night every night songs fitzgerald knew face across the ballroom her face boys fought to lay bouquets girls pined to be her court picked discarded peanuts in a bowl bands stopped playing swains died away cocooned in wrinkles reduced to diapers where dreams? bubbles children chase
long ago from a mossy bank a small brook tad poles wiggled tails pontoon boat bugs waked tiny waves nearby salamander snuggled a log tucked safe from adults their blood soaked wars their endless tyrannies their broken dream eyes now many years part of their world wars tyrannies broken dreams never ending brook became houses long since my center still