Here and There

Nick Masesso, Jr.

“It’s a squirrel sanctuary; they think this woods is their home; and as long as I’m here; I’ll make sure people leave us all alone” – Ridgetop – Jesse Colin Young

In Oakland drinking water came from a pipe laid under the streets that snaked its way to my glass from miles away after being treated with fluoride and god knows what else so bottled water that cost more than milk or gasoline was considered wise. Here the water I drink comes from a groundwater aquifer in a well dug ages ago not 25-0 from my sink; it is naturally nourishing, pure and immaculate life enhancing soul food.

Oakland’s air is poisoned with pollution from oil refineries, buses, heavy industry and exhaust from about a million cars and airplanes. This toxic mixture of cancer precursor carcinogens fell in micro-sized particles of dust and clung to my clothes and shoes and…

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About circusinpurgatory
Nick Masesso Jr’s fictionalized short stories, poetry and prose have been published in the Starry Night Review, Elegant Thorn Review, Language and Culture.net and Vagabond Press; the Battered Suitcase. His latest book “Armor of Innocence” and first book “Walking the Midway in Purgatory, a Journal” are available on-line and through bookstores.

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