Emily Conyngham

Emily Conyngham
Homey Airport, Nevada,
December 31
I Enjoy It
I couldn't make this stuff up! © Emily Conyngham All Rights Reserved




1.             If at all possible, arrange to be born in a small town, raised with traditional values, which you can laud as building your backbone. The insular environment can be reworked to other purposes; you escaped in theRead full post »

NOVEMBER 9, 2013 4:15PM

My Life in Shoes

oxford shoes

The first day of first grade is full of anticipation. We are new to the group. Unlike later years, when we might worry about what we're wearing to fit in, off we trot from the nest adorned by someone else. So it was with me, at the Lodge Preparatory School… Read full post »

OCTOBER 3, 2013 7:13PM

The Boat

The boat, yes, the boat will deliver us, Beloved

Refugee boat 

We will not speak

My treasure, of what is behind us, the dust and dysentery cramps

The tense stench in the lorry , three days from Asmara to Misrata


You remain the diamond of my life


Yes, I grieve… Read full post »


Bakst - Njinsky as the Faun

 Bakst, Afternoon of a Faun, for Diaghilev, music by Debussy, choreographed by Njinsky.


The faun, appearing half naked, cavorts in cobalt swirls highlit with sea foam and gilded accents. Overwhelmed by the motion, color and force of the immense image, I'm inhaled into the ERead full post »

SEPTEMBER 7, 2013 10:49AM

The Circle of Light

Latifah Subud


They circled around her chanting, "Ibu, Ibu, Ibu, Ibu" which means Mother, or is a term of respect for an older woman. She glowed, silver white hair and bright eyes in the center of the stage, absorbing the good energies of the improv actors. Latifah shone there, right in… Read full post »

Yesterday I walked into the National Building Museum in Washington, DC. I'm not working right now, so I couldn't afford to pay the fee to view its current exhibits, but I marveled at the fireproof brick structure with its soaring columns and light-filled space. It was built in the late 1800s… Read full post »

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AUGUST 12, 2013 8:34AM

Make Art, Be Rich



I've seen the word around, but never really knew what it meant. Here are some definitions: 

  1. A manuscript or piece of writing material on which the original writing has been effaced to make room for later writing.
  2. Something reused or altered but still bearing visible traces of
  3. Read full post »
JULY 13, 2013 10:10AM

From Your Mother in Texas


Dear Kids,


It's Saturday morning here in Austin. I know you're busy and happy with your lives, and that makes ME happy. I'm a little tired, but it was important to stand up last night.


I went down to the Texas State Capitol with thousands of other people… Read full post »

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JUNE 12, 2013 9:27AM

Down from the Mountain with my Father

Hiking the Pacific Crest Trail with my Father

Three days down from the Canadian border, the rains began.  Things were not looking good.

suiattle river rain 


I was twenty-three and hiking the Washington portion of the Pacific Crest Trail with my father in September. I was excited to have an adven… Read full post »

JUNE 4, 2013 1:58PM

The Field of Stars

field of stars


 Was it yesterday?

We jumped the fence

To lay in that twilit field

Bonding the curvature of our spines to Earth’s arc

The crepuscular crickets paused their clicking

On this timepiece, my feet at twelve and yours at six

Ears pressed in a vacuum

Signals clear

Hush, hush holdinRead full post »

film noir big combo

The woman lures men into shackled sex scenes involving knives, which leads to a great deal of blood loss, their hearts, and their lives. She cuts their hearts out of their chests. A brusque detective has been hired by a rich woman to locate the killer. Yours truly finds herself… Read full post »

JUNE 2, 2013 2:16PM

Ballet in the Park

balletThe young ladies' thighs glowed so white in the lights, flickering open and shut like moth wings. The heat of the day subsided into the diaphanous swath of twilight. Splayed on the hillside, the audience had spread out their blankets, folding chairs, charcuterie, and plastic wine glasses to en… Read full post »

Part Two – The Joke, The Debriefing, and The Departure.

Continued from Part One in which Narrator Catches a Glimpse of Flesh

“Well! That reminds me of a joke. Do you like jokes?” She pivoted her torso towards me, and I could see her pulse throbbing at the base ofRead full post »

 Part One: The Arrival


 beer tap

The tap leaked, but the absentminded barkeep didn’t seem to notice precious foam fizzling down the stem. He polished the glassware and kept his eyes on the soccer match on the TV in the corner. I was tempted to say something so that other passengRead full post »

APRIL 5, 2013 11:50AM

Ho Hey - How to Get Laid

A lite verse guide on how to woo women.



Ho, a dear, a female dear



Hay, a place to roll and play

wanna roll


She, the one you need to please



Ha, some laughs to spread the knees



So, your plan should start… Read full post »


Earl, darlin, it ain’t you

Makes me wanna dance all night

It ain’t you darlin makes me feel alright

Earl, darlin, it ain’t you

Earl, darlin, you shoulda loved me up and down

You coulda drove me into town



You shoulda whispered in my… Read full post »


Her hips swayed freely beneath her silk skirt as she breezed out the door after our lovemaking. Watching her sashay down the front walk and out the iron gate, off to the grocery store for some pasta and wine, I could see the energy course off her like the ripplesRead full post »

FEBRUARY 9, 2013 11:37AM

Fanny Shenanigan's Big O

happy place


She left the big city and headed out West

My Fanny Shenanigan was looking to test

Her mettle and fettle and jingles and wrangles

So she packed ropers, and blue jeans, perfume, and bangles

She dropped outta touch for what seemed quite a… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 5, 2013 1:14PM

The Flock


Hey, Grace, didja see the flyers all over the place about the Reynolds girl gone missing?” Duke flipped his brim to the back and adjusted his belt below his belly before straddling the stool at the corner of the counter.

“Yeah, Phil said him and the other guys over’t tRead full post »

FEBRUARY 4, 2013 10:27AM

In Which the Lady Finds a Frenchman

It had been way too long, and I’d made up my mind to pay a Frenchman to give me what I needed so badly. 

That morning I ran early, not for health’s sake, but to put some color in my cheeks, vain, silly girl. Later, in the bath, I shavedRead full post »

FEBRUARY 4, 2013 9:47AM

The Bodies by the Lake



They stream towards me, down there by Town Lake. Phew! Hot bods.  I mean, it’s hot in Austin in the summer! The carousel undulates in both directions, round and round in a daze. In the middle is Town Lake, shimmering like a mirage, made barely real byRead full post »

FEBRUARY 3, 2013 1:05PM

License to Laugh

angel boy

Vertebrae twitched

As he examined the parchment in his hands

How still

Beautiful he stayed

Looking at my letters

With paper, ink and string

I unknotted

His gravity

Bestowing a license to laugh

For the flight ahead…

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I put it in the deep pocket of my coat which is awesome (CIA) so I’d have it handy. I didn’t want to carry a bag that night; it would ruin the drapey look of the oversize lavender coat and my jacquard scarf of twilight colors. IRead full post »

JANUARY 18, 2013 12:53PM

Angel Trumpets in the Garden

angel bottom



 I took up my pen with the precise point

And permanent black ink

Incising meticulously

Every freckled feather

Her haunches blossomed under my hand

I, overcome under the pendulous brugmansia

secreted there

My ink staining, rounding, etching, shading

TheRead full post »

JANUARY 16, 2013 11:21AM

Performing Punnilinguists in Austin


O Henry… That was great. I’m so glad I came. The 2012 O. Henry Pun Off World Championships in Austin last weekend was an occasion for the mother tongue to be flexed in unnatural ways, thrust and parried by the quick- witted masters and mistresses thereof. They do it jest forRead full post »