REFLECTION ON AGING The Boer War Harold O. Wilson When I was twenty-five and just out of graduate school I served as chaplain to an assisted living facility. It was 1963 and we called them “old folks homes” back then. The “old folks” I visited, counseled and sometimes buried made the passage of time […]Continue Reading... 1 Comment.
Sekhmet By Harold O. Wilson Ellen was a little awkward now. Tall, straight black hair then iron-gray, pulled back but not severe, gray suits, white blouse, all business, she had been rather stately. She moved with purpose, but still Harry could not predict her intent. She lived only in his head. It was a month […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
NOTE: “Desultores” was first published in Issue 2: Summer 2013 of the literary journal Free State Review. Visit Free State Review at www.freestaterevIew.com. Desultores By Harold O. Wilson The Barnum and Bailey Circus is in town. It is West Palm Beach, Florida and Marcia Matherton is seated in the first row facing the […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
Uncle Walter by Harold O. Wilson There was a time when my Uncle Walter lived with his sister-in-law. She was my mother. It was in Spring Lake, New Jersey during the war and after my father left for the Pacific Theatre. When Uncle Walter came, there were the three of us. I was in high […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
Iced Tea by Harold O. Wilson It’s hot; over a hundred degrees. The August air hazy with DC automobile fumes burns the lungs. Percy Moneyworth is shuffling down K Street bulked up in a dark green sweater, a ratty brown overcoat that hangs below his knees and a knit cap pulled down to his eyebrows. […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
O’Mama and the Great Leap Forward By Harold O. Wilson Change comes slowly to the piney woods of north Florida. Like evolution, life advances in increments so small as to be scarcely noticeable. An isolated expanse of sand, palmettos, scrub oak, and jack pine, this region below the dip of the Saint Mary’s River looks […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
Mirabelle and the Christmas Miracle By Harold O. Wilson “How unobtrusively and simply do those events take place on earth that are so heralded in heaven! On earth it happened in this wise: There was a poor young wife,…” It was the traditional family reading of Martin Luther’s Christmas sermon and Mirabelle Arablla Southerland was […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
A Kiss for Gertrude By Harold O. Wilson The room is a single-bed dorm room in a redbrick building constructed before the Civil War. It is hot and musty and smells of age and decay. Thurmond Roydal crosses the room and lifts a black and white promotional photograph of Gertrude Lawrence from his dresser. He […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
Delmarva Today: Writers Edition #21 Harold Wilson’s guests this month are author Bonnie Feldstein who writes as Anna Gill and curator and historian Janice Marshall. The discussion will focus on Gill’s novel The Island Woman and how the great tradition of the waterman of the Chesapeake can help build a better future for the Delmarva […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
Harold Wilson’s guest is poet Adam Tavel who discusses his new book, Plash and Levitation and the three themes running through his poetry: parenthood—primarily fatherhood; historical voices, including those of William Tecumseh Sherman, Harriett Bailey on visiting her son Frederick Douglass, and Paul Lawrence Dunbar on receiving a pageant sward from Roosevelt; and the third […]Continue Reading... No Comments.