SACRIFICE TO THE GODS

'Run through the checklist.' 'Okay. The ceremony must take place in a grand altar.' They look round the baroque dome and nod at each other. 'Check.' 'Six golden urns placed in a circle atop six poles.' 'Check.' 'Attire of purple cloaks to worship royalty and their wealth.' They look sheepishly at the garish cloaks they … Continue reading SACRIFICE TO THE GODS

THE LIFE OF DANIEL

'So, Daniel, a winged lion?' 'That's right, yes.' 'And what do you think this vision of a winged lion might represent?' 'Perhaps the coming apocalypse.' 'That's a little extreme, don't you think? Is there anything else you can tell me about your dream?' 'There's also a funny-looking bear, a four-headed leopard and a beast with … Continue reading THE LIFE OF DANIEL

THE END OF THE WORLD IS NIGH

He chose the discount store for the increased footfall. In these times of austerity people were desperate to make savings. Each day he sat outside. The life preserver drew some odd looks, but he wanted to attract attention. 'A flood is coming to wash away all our sins.' Okay, he was exaggerating a bit with … Continue reading THE END OF THE WORLD IS NIGH

THE BURNING MONK

Sayadaw Ashin Nanda bowed his head. A steady stream of vehicles passed by. Drivers stared at the monk. Fingering his prayer beads, he asked for answers. The noise of the city faded into the background. He tried to recall what the scene would have looked like fifty years ago. *** Thích Quảng Đức, the Vietnamese … Continue reading THE BURNING MONK