Yeats’ Haunting Vision – The Second Coming

There are few poems in the English language as bone-chilling as WB Yeats’ “The Second Coming”. This year marks the century anniversary of a poem that captivated and terrified the modern world. One needn’t be familiar with Yeats’ Irish nationalism, Theosophical inclinations, or his occultism to gain entrance into his imagistic rendering of the collapse […]

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The Damned May Enter – Chapter 17

Chapter 17 Haji Omaran, Iraq – Tehran, Iran             Snow blanketed the bare slopes of the Zagros mountains around the Haji Omaran base. Gently rising cathedrals of white rose into the pale, early winter sky, as a biting wind swirled through the valley. Malachi drew in the frostbitten air on his morning run, each thin, […]

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The Damned May Enter – Chapter 16

Chapter 16 Chaparral, California Jacob waited outside Ascension Presbyterian until after the bell in its tower rang, signaling the beginning of worship. Daniel had offered to save him a seat with his family, but Jacob declined, feeling more comfortable sitting alone. As he entered the sanctuary, his eyes were drawn upward to the stained glass […]

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The Damned May Enter – Chapter 15

Chapter 15 French Valley – Chaparral, California “Good morning. Jacob,” said Zeph, with visible breath in the pre-dawn air. “Morning. Zeph,” replied Jacob, as Zeph pulled up to the curb of St. Jude’s in a horse-drawn wagon, “I didn’t realize we were going to be resorting to such primitive forms of transportation.” “Well, it’s cheaper […]

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The Damned May Enter – Chapter 14

Chapter 14 Chaparral, California Jacob crossed the threshold into St. Jude’s and stepped into another world. There was a palpable mystery and wonder to the place that transcended its well-crafted interior. He walked along the glazed concrete floor, taking in the spacious interior of the tavern. The table tops were made of the same warm […]

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The Damned May Enter – Chapter 13

Chapter 13 Chaparral, California             Jacob stepped of the train onto the platform of the Temecula Valley Station, which was situated east of Interstate 15 and north of the I-215 merge. The mottled green Santa Ana Mountains, covered with greasewood and manzanita and scrub oak ran parallel to the interstate less than two miles to […]

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The Damned May Enter – Chapter 12

Chapter 12 Erbil, Iraq             Malachi stashed his personal effects and identification in a bus station locker and tucked his 9mm Sig Sauer pistol into his jeans and zipped up his jacket, then walked into the blustery morning back toward the Divan. While he still trusted Captain Kim, something in their conversation gave him pause. […]

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