Lawson M. Ray

The Puppeteer

“Do I look fat in this dress?” Betsy asked. She looked up and down herself with a toothless and cartoonish torqued lip. She was wearing the same white dress with pink polka-dots she always did. “What?” Bert groaned. Charlie’s hands were getting numb and sweaty, but the skit was almost done. He pushed on. This […]

The Smile Room

Peggy-Sue always knew she should smile more. Miss Mercy ‘d say go and play with the other children now. If your grin appears too thin, you’ll lament what might have been. Turn that frown upside down, if you want a home one day, Or face your doom down inside the Smile Room. The two jump […]

photo of pavement with street lights during winter

White Rhinoceros

Even after all the days I’ve endured it seems to get colder. My knees are shivering, but my heart whimpers more. Bugsy’s long floppy ears are as strained as I’ve ever seen them. His ribcage shows and his gnawed legs shiver more as daylight wanes. His breaths are short and his nose twitches along with […]