In a dark time… by
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In a dark time, I lived in a home and was homeless. I struggled to develop an adolescent manhood, convinced that no one could protect me. Well-fed, I paddled through lily pads, hunting frogs I would not eat. In love, no one felt my adoration. Still, I survived and thrived.

Doggedly, I record signs of the coming light.

Now, an alien, uncommon darkness isolates me in sunlit beauty while down the hill, a person drowns in cascades of antibodies every half hour. My outrage ill-conceals the impotence I feel against a disease that mushrooms from indifference towards our faltering ecobalance. Doggedly, I record signs of the coming light.

— Retroflash

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Writer, editor, and educator based in Los Angeles. He's also played a lot of music. Degelman teaches writing at California State University, Los Angeles. 

Degelman lives in the hills of Hollywood with his companion on the road of life, four cats, assorted dogs, and a coterie of communard brothers and sisters.

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Characterizations: moving, well written


  1. Suzy says:

    Prose poetry! I was going to point out which phrases I particularly liked, but then realized . . . it was all of it. Thank you for this beautiful Retroflash.

  2. Betsy Pfau says:

    Wow, one long oxymoron. Beautifully done, Charles. I have yet tackle the form; there are so many worthy offerings this week.

  3. Laurie Levy says:

    Very powerful, Charles. We need to celebrate the coming light and believe the pandemic will end, we will take steps to help the environmental mess we are in, and sanity will return to our government.

  4. Marian says:

    Love all the contrasts and final message of hope here, Charles. We all are challenged to find any light how and where we can.

  5. Mulling over your words as I often do Charles , I sense we’re crawling out of that murky swamp and slouching toward some promised light.
    I’ll take that.

  6. Wading through the long darkness, you conjure hope for regeneration. Very nice!

    • Odd time to feel optimistic, Barbara, but I’m nurturing a vision of Trumpo sinking into quicksand. It should only take a few hours after he leaves the White House, before the entire world begins to feel better. That’s the way I see it :-)!

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