50 Word Story: Human Face of Immigration

Juan’s tears evaporate before they can run down his burned and blistered cheeks. Face down in the sand he see a vision of his wife and three small children.  

What started out as a journey to freedom and a better life is now about to leave him for the vultures.


~~ Dominic R. DiFrancesco ~~

Gambling Wages

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Gambling wages

Praying for triple sevens

The house always wins


~~ Dominic R. DiFrancesco ~~



Imagination is…


Inspiration for the painter’s brush,

Muse for the writer’s quill,

Angst for the actor’s role,

Gas for the engine of invention,

Irreverence to the twisted of mind,

Nuance for the singers song,

Ability for those challenged,

Tenacity in the hearts of the weak,

Ingenuity in the hands of the creative,

Omniscience in the eyes of the faithful,

Nobility in the lives of the insignificant,


…And so much more.


~~ Dominic R. DiFrancesco ~~


The Wretched Gather

The wretched gather

This place of drink and of smoke

Bright lights and promise

Weeks wages folded neatly

Hidden in their Sunday best

There is no preacher

No pews, no heavenly choir

To welcome the flock

Yet hope for the future lives

In each pull, in each hand dealt

Praying for riches

To resurrect their belief

In this countries dream


~~ Dominic R. DiFrancesco ~~