Trying to get this story out of my head, Pulling at the string of letters across the page. Words turn out to be so heavy, digging their heels in. The tail of a "y" slips from between my fingers And I've lost it again, slithering snake of thoughts Hiding in the dark at the back … Continue reading Labor
His forehead had that coarse frown of concentration. But his eyelids were little birds, fluttering around, as he followed the game on his tablet, all serious and tense. She hadn't seen anything more beautiful. She wanted to say something to him. But he'd hate the word beautiful, not masculine enough. So she flipped from side … Continue reading Good night
[For the Romanian version, visit Bucătăria narativă] Unlike the other know-it-all taxi drivers I've met, Bogdan doesn't know where "the Mushroom" is, on Ion Mihalache Boulevard in Bucharest. He admits it politely and feels the need to follow up by saying: "But don't worry, we'll find it!". I catch his eye for a moment in … Continue reading A taxi driver’s journey from Bucharest to the UK
The crusty green paint on the bench revealed a delicate web of black cracks. An intricate pattern which resembled the lace of shadowy wrinkles on the old man’s face, as though the both of them had been resting there, in that park, for a little too long. His suit, old-fashioned and a little worn here … Continue reading One day
[Scroll down or click here for Romanian.] For a while, as a kid, I used to do quite a lot of sport, taking part in a lot of different sports activities organized by the same instructor. In spring and in summer we played tennis and we swam. When it became too cold and rainy to … Continue reading Me too.
[Scroll down or click here for Romanian.] The first time I heard of Mirela Oprea, I was reading a story in the Romanian independent magazine called DOR. In the article, Mirela had taken on the role of fairy godmother to Mădălina, a 19-year-old mother of two from a poor village in Romania. Mădălina was forced to … Continue reading Dream Management
[Scroll down or click here for Romanian.] A couple of days ago I had a series of tests done with various doctors, because lately parts of my hands kept going numb and now my back started to hurt, as well. It was most probably because I work on the computer all day and I don't … Continue reading What I learned doing an MRI