smanus

United States

smanus (United States) published:

No One Stands for the Jew

PROMPT: Letter Writing Competition 2016

Dear Raphael,
    I know it has been a while since I've written to you. You were right to give up on America. Feel free to gloat. It's not safe to be a Jew here anymore. I want to curl up in your arms and sob. I know why you enlisted in the IDF now, instead the American army. There's nothing to protect here, in America, but everything to protect in Israel. I can't survive in a world without...

over 4 years ago

smanus (United States) published:

No One Stands for the Jew

PROMPT: Letter Writing Competition 2016

Dear Raphael,
    I know it has been a while since I've written to you. You were right to give up on America. Feel free to gloat. It's not safe to be a Jew here anymore. I want to curl up in your arms and sob. I know why you enlisted in the IDF now, instead the American army. There's nothing to protect here, in America, but everything to protect in Israel. I can't survive in a world without...

Seeking Peer Reviews

over 4 years ago

smanus (United States) published:

No One Stands for the Jew

PROMPT: Letter Writing Competition 2016

Dear Raphael,
    I know it has been a while since I've written you. I know out of all people, I shouldn't say this to you, but you were right to give up on America. Feel free to gloat. It's not safe to be a Jew here anymore. I want to curl up in your arms and sob. I know why you enlisted in the IDF now, instead the American army. There's nothing to protect here, in America, but...

Seeking Peer Reviews

over 4 years ago

smanus (United States) published:

No One Stands for the Jew

PROMPT: Letter Writing Competition 2016

Dear Raphael,
    I hate to be sending you a letter of this sort. I hoped that I would never need physically pen out a message, simply because a weightless electronic message would fail to convey the gravity of the subject, but now, I must. I can't stay in America any longer, Raphael. It's imperative that I join you in Israel, immediately. I am undeniably a Jew - I look, sound, and act like Shylock, I suppose. My long...

Seeking Peer Reviews

over 4 years ago

1
1

smanus (United States) published:

No One Stands for the Jew

PROMPT: Letter Writing Competition 2016

Dear Raphael,

    I hate to be sending you a letter of this sort. I hoped that I would never need physically pen out a message, simply because a weightless electronic message would fail to convey the gravity of the subject, but now, I must. I can't stay in America any longer, Raphael. It's imperative that I join you in Israel, immediately. I am undeniably a Jew - I look, sound, and act like Shylock, I suppose. My long...

Seeking Peer Reviews

over 4 years ago

smanus (United States) published:

No One Stands for the Jew

PROMPT: Letter Writing Competition 2016

Dear Raphael,
    I hoped you would never set your eyes on a letter of this sort, but this horrible, war-torn, godless country has murdered this hope. This country's men have forgotten how to speak, and now only communicate through the fiery utterances of their rifles. No debates are settled here without gunpowder and blood staining the streets. The courts are silent, so no justice is ever served, and the legislative houses fail to pass that resemble those of a...

Seeking Peer Reviews

over 4 years ago

smanus (United States) published:

Hope

PROMPT: Dear Me

Dear Future Me,
    I'm deathly afraid that you will never lay your eyes on this letter. I'm scared you won't be around to read it, or be so exhausted by your war-torn body that you are unable to read it. I'm not sure which fate is worse. I pray I never know. I dream that this demon, sapping my blood, will be revealed and rightly cut down, lifting his grasp from around my neck, so a simple, sweet,...

Seeking Peer Reviews

over 4 years ago

smanus (United States) published:

The Joy of Revisions

PROMPT: Collected Wisdom

I live by my grandmother's maxim, "good writing is not written, but rewritten." Every piece of writing - whether it be a Shakespearean sonnet or an angsty rant in a teenager's journal - is an argument, with points that must be clearly made and properly executed in order to justify its existence. It's difficult for me to explain without some sort of analogy -  I've recently found myself comparing the act of writing to attempting to tame a wild mare....

Seeking Peer Reviews

over 4 years ago

1

smanus (United States) published:

When Homes Aren't Safe in the United States

PROMPT: Playwriting Competition 2016

                                                                                             SCENE 1
SETTING: A living room - the DOW just crashed, beginning the Great Recession of '08. Downstage right lay a table and three chairs, upstage left lay a TV. At rise, KASKA, a 30-someting mother, watches TV and drinks a beer. She hears something intriguing, and leans in. HENRYK, her husband, a 30-something, enters.) 
KASKA: Henryk?
(The door slams.)
Henryk - my God! What they say about the market -- is it true, kochanie?
HENRYK: Turn it off, please.
(She turns the TV off.)
KASKA:The...

Seeking Peer Reviews

over 4 years ago

smanus (United States) published:

When Homes Aren't Safe in the United States

PROMPT: Playwriting Competition 2016

                                                                                             SCENE 1
SETTING: A living room - the DOW just crashed, beginning the Great Recession of '08. Downstage right lay a table and three chairs, upstage left lay a TV. At rise, KASKA, a 30-someting mother, watches TV and drinks a beer. She hears something intriguing, and leans in. HENRYK, her husband, a 30-something, enters.) 
KASKA: Henryk?
(The door slams.)
Henryk - my God! What they say about the market -- is it true, kochanie?
HENRYK: Turn it off, please.
(She turns the TV off.)
KASKA:The...

Seeking Peer Reviews

over 4 years ago