Article in Arts / Literature / Science Fiction & Fantasy
Science AND Fiction ... a future parabol(a)

Fragment of Writing Discovered in the Rubble of Washington, DC, Dating from the “Age of Greed,” 21st Century by the Old Reckoning

The hand is an unsteady cursive. The scrap of paper seems standard copy-paper stock, like other samples we have analyzed, measuring four inches wide by just under three inches high, torn raggedly down the right-hand side, upper middle right to lower left, no apparent path to the tear. The ink is likely from a “ball-point” pen (?), faded but still dark in spots. Water stains suggest that the paper may have been wet through but crumpled at the time so that ink color is variable. No identifying marks of any sort have been isolated, as of this writing, at least. Photographs are not yet available.

Apparent lines are marked with simple ellipses … . Conjectures for partial lacunae are included inside [ ] and italicized. Missing words are conjectured in boldface in the right-hand margin; these words are only conjectures. The search continues in the area for other fragments, which may shed further light.

Resources and equipment for proper archeology continue to be scarce or strained. Still, we are committed to preserving and studying every fragment discovered, in the hope of better understanding the condition of Gaia before the RUIN.


T[hey] hurled hand-axes […] at each other

Ser[iously wound]ed a[nd …] ?*
He dropped to one knee before they rea[ched] him
Drew his boot k[nife] out, s[lit] his wrists, then his […] neck
They were […] late to wipe the [smi]le [off his f]ace too
They […] his body every […] savaged, way they could
But nothing they did could […] the smile erase
[…] beheading even
[fragment torn here]

?* Indecipherable marks to Shut Down Permanently on December 31, 2017

If you want to save a copy of your content, you must do so before the website shuts down on December 31, 2017. We will NOT be able to provide any assistance after the website shuts down. We are available at only until the shutdown to provide more information and assistance.

It was a noble 10-year experiment, but it turns out that the writers with the best content are the least adept at the tech required to publish under our model, which in hindsight, makes perfect sense. If you are dedicating your life to becoming an expert in your specialty, you don’t have a lot of time left for figuring out publishing tech.

It hasn't helped that we have entered an age of unprecedented polarization and antagonism which doesn't foster demand for a website dedicated to the respectful engagement of diverse views.

Thank you, everyone!

R Allen Shoaf Identity Verified

About the Author 

R Allen Shoaf
EROTIC RECKONINGS, my second volume of poetry, can now be purchased from New Plains Press or from Amazon. My third volume, PIED-PIPER PHILOL

Recent Content by R Allen Shoaf


This is my last post to BESTTHINKING.COM. My new Blog is now on-line and receiving visitors. I want to end my my almost eight-year association with BESTTHINKING.COM by thanking Robert Butler and his colleagues for all that they have done, displaying herculean effort and...

Al Shoaf's New Blog on WordPress

For those who may remain interested in my poetry and prose, I have initiated a Blog on WordPress: and I will develop this and related sites over the next year. My thanks to all who have encouraged me in my work. Al

Eleven Theses Against the Right-Wing, Fascistic Destruction of America

Eleven Theses Against the Right-Wing, Fascistic Destruction of America 1. In no sense can America be called Christian. In flagrant violation of the teaching of Yeshua, who came "not to destroy but to fulfill" the law, "thou shalt love the lord thy god with all thy heart and thy neighbor as...

Beautiful Words: Vulva

Against misogyny & misogamy, always & everywhere. Women, too, possess free will & are not slaves, however men demonize them to aggrandize power & pamper their egos. Free before all (including god, if such is her creed), she answers for herself, now & eternally, to her doom whatever that may be.

By the Waters

Many ideas and precursors figure in this poem – Psalm 137, e.g., or Verdi’s NABUCCO. But motivating the poem is my horror of vengeance. Why does the Hebrew god reserve vengeance to himself? Because mankind can’t handle it, can only get it wrong. Just so, the vengeful are tearing America to pieces.


America is drowning to death in Re-thug-li-gun-Russian lies, propagated by media owned by HOL-E-garchs who consider themselves above the law -- carbon copies of Putin and Putin-wannabe Trump. As a man who has spent his life searching for humane intercourse with others, I can only mourn for us all.

Latest Thinking in Arts & Entertainment
Latest Ebooks