Holy Man

By Mickey Kulp

Even though Lucid the Uncanny Dream Dog usually fetched me vibrant images to match her technicolor fur, this was a grayscale dream, a subdued, delicate Japanese watercolor…

Imagine a steel sky and a dark mountain. A wise hermit’s stone hovel perches on the scoured summit. The old man sits on a small boulder before a modest fire, huddling within his scratchy homespun robe.

A distraught maiden from the valley makes the perilous climb, weeping and stumbling (as maidens are required to do – don’t blame me, it was all Lucid’s idea), at last arriving at the hermitage scratched and dirty.

Now we learn that the hermit is a holy man, and the maiden is seeking absolution. She has sinned, broken one of the Top Ten laid down by the Great Spirit. And it’s not a normal sin either. It’s one of the Big Sins, something that changes a life forever, like coveting her sister’s boyfriend; and letting him covet her. Twice.

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Mickey Kulp

Mickey Kulp / About Author

Mick is a writer and father of two mostly grown children who have survived his shenanigans through smarts they inherited from their mother. His creative nonfiction, fiction, and poetry have appeared in numerous consumer magazines, newspapers, and literary journals. His first book, Random Stones: A book of poetry, was published in 2016.

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