Enigma Variations

From Barbara, an enigmatic point of view. How magical!

Barbara Froman

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A man walks down the street. He’s wearing sneakers. White sneakers. Well, they used to be white, now they’re…gray…ish, and old. Because he’s checking his phone, he doesn’t see the nail sticking straight up in his path and steps on it. The shaft goes right through the sole of his shoe into his foot. Within seconds, the fabric has soaked with wine-colored blood, and he is calling 9-1-1.

What interests you about this situation? The man and what happens to him from this point? Or the nail? Where it came from? How it landed on the sidewalk sticking straight up? Which story do you want to hear?


I remember my first reading of Silence of the Lambs. I loved Clarice Starling, but I was fascinated by Hannibal Lecter. He was an an aberration—both teacher and adversary, cultured and inhuman. It didn’t matter…

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About pedometergeek

A pharmacist by profession, a haiku poet by nature, I read and write. I have a book of haiku, Ohayo Haiku, and another somewhat alternative haiku book, Three Breaths, but write other genres. I also read...lots of novels! My favorite is, and remains, Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged but I am also a big Harry Potter fan. I truly am a pedometer geek strapping on my pedometer as soon as I awaken.
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4 Responses to Enigma Variations

  1. Jules says:

    Some say a muse does not exist. But does muse just go by another name, be it magic?
    That which we cannot explain or that for which we seek no explanation. All that matters is the present, and how we react to it… a real nail-biter. 😉

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  2. Thank you for sharing my post, Nan! And for your kind words!

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