Bobbie Troy

Bobby Troy returns to cavalcadeofstars this week for you reading pleasure.

The Stranger

By Bobbie Troy

He touched her head with an invisible finger. And all the thoughts and feelings of a lifetime came tumbling out, arranging themselves on her kitchen table like cerebral chess pieces, some more powerful than others but all finding their places.

The Stranger said: These are the thoughts and feelings of your life on this planet. I am giving you a chance to find a new self, but you must follow these three rules:
(1) Leave all your thoughts and feelings on the table; it is your mirror.
(2) You may rearrange them in any way you wish.
(3) You may not add anything new, and you may not take anything away. Any new arrangement becomes your new self. Do you understand?

Yes, but I didn’t ask for this.

I know. You were chosen.

A new self, you said?

That is correct. But you only have one hour to decide.

One hour to decide my fate. That’s not much time. What should I do?

It is up to you. I will return in one hour.

Charged by the Hour

By Bobbie Troy

I’m new at this, doc. How does it work? Do I just lie on that couch and confess to the murder?
No, your attorney wants to establish whether she can enter a plea of not guilty by reason of insanity. That’s why you’re here.

But I’m guilty, I already told her that. And I’m not nuts. I knew what I was doing. In France, it would be called a crime passionnel. In the good ole USA, it’s killing your wife’s lover. Same thing. I’m not sorry. I’ll take whatever sentence the jury wants to give me.

Well, the good news is that you haven’t told anyone but your attorney, so I can make you an offer. For fellas like you, the ones with no conscience, she and I have a special deal. Here it is: no trial, no jail time. You just have to give me one thing. It’s in the contract. Sign here.

Oh, you mean you don’t charge by the hour?

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City Park

By Bobbie Troy

a crowd gathers
around the chess players
in the park

nobody hears the traffic
just the pieces
moving on the boards

on a bench nearby
a lone man sits
carving a dream
onto a stick

City Park at Night

By Bobbie Troy

a few restless souls
remain after dark
trying to catch up
with their bodies

swishing through the silence
a man with a broom
sweeps away the meaning
of the day
restless stars
of loneliness and happiness
look for their targets
before the dawn breaks

Bobbie Troy maintains her sanity and perspective on life by writing flash fiction, poetry, and original fairy tales with a 21st century twist. Her work appears online and print: Concise Delight Magazine of Short Poetry, Issue 1; Vox Poetica website and anthologies; SPARK, an art and writing project; Haiku Ramblings; Caper Literary Journal; Leaf Garden Press; the Journal of Liberal Arts and Education; Referential Magazine; Yes, Poetry; Cavalcade of Stars; The Journal of Microliterature. Her poem, Dear Diane, was nominated for a 2010 Pushcart Prize ( Her fairy-tale play, Sasha and the Tree of Sorrows, was produced in March 2011.


About vision791

Pushcart nominee Jeanette Cheezum has been published on several online writing sites and in fifteen Anthology books and four poetry books. Three of these books have made the New York Times Best Sellers list. Awarded The Helium Networks Premium Writer’s Badge, Bronze Creative Writing Award and a Marketplace Writers award. Recently she has published fourteen ebooks at Barnes and Noble and Amazon. You may find a list of some of her work at
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9 Responses to Bobbie Troy

  1. Diana E. Backhouse says:

    An interesting collection.

  2. Fun flash pieces Bobbie! And the poems are beautiful! Kudos!

  3. bobbie troy says:

    Thank you. Glad you enjoyed them.

  4. Dee Ann Smith says:

    Concise and powerful, as always. Thanks, Bobbie.

  5. Jeanette Gallagher says:

    Just great writing, Bobbie. I loved each piece and hated to stop reading! Thanks for sharing!

  6. Bobbie, once again it was a pleasure to have your work shine on cavalcadeofstars.

  7. bobbie troy says:

    Thanks, Jeanette! I love your site.

  8. Lydia says:

    Thanks Bobbie and Jeanette,very nice poems!

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