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It's after midnight . . .

It's after midnight . . .

By Christopher Bernard
Stories, poems, meditations after the long day is done.
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Chap. 10, Pt. 2, of The Hyenas: A Tale of India

It's after midnight . . .

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Preview of my Sacred Grounds Reading via Zoom
I read three poems I will be presenting at Sacred Grounds Cafe in San Francisco.
06:40
September 13, 2020
Regressions in Lockdown + A Year of Burning
I read two of my recent poems about this year of calamities, personal and public.
03:38
August 30, 2020
A Monk Despite Himself
A poem reflecting the experience of semi-quarantine during the pandemic.
06:46
August 23, 2020
Imaginary Species
Three of my poems, written within the last few months: Imaginary Species, Decades (for Jack Foley on his 80th birthday), and Ink
05:05
August 16, 2020
The Year of the Comets + The Long Weekend
Two of my poems: "The Year of the Comets" and "The Long Weekend"
09:40
August 9, 2020
Chap. 16 of The Hyenas: A Tale of India
The final episode: Ashok confronts Mantal as night falls over Lucknow.
12:05
August 1, 2020
Chap. 15 of The Hyenas: A Tale of India
The husband, his wife and her lover are pulled toward disaster.
03:45
July 20, 2020
Chap. 14 of The Hyenas: A Tale of India
Ashok's nightmare.
06:48
July 6, 2020
Chap. 13 of The Hyenas: A Tale of India
Ashok and Dhara and Mantal meet after a night of Mantal's hunting. Ashok feels the beginning of a suspicion.
09:39
June 29, 2020
Chap. 12 of The Hyenas: A Tale of India
The dream of the hyenas.
04:16
June 22, 2020
Chap. 11 of The Hyenas: A Tale of India
Ashok remembers his time in America, his return to India, and the birth of his ambition. 
10:09
June 15, 2020
Chap. 10, Pt. 2, of The Hyenas: A Tale of India
The story of how Ashok wooed, and won, the love of Dhara.
12:53
June 9, 2020
The Hyenas: A Tale of India, Episode 10 (part 1)
Mantal hunts at night, sleeps with Dhara during the day. Dhara remembers her childhood and her dreams for the future.
18:10
May 1, 2020
Episode 9 of The Hyenas: A Tale of India
A band of hyenas, under cover of night, infiltrates a local village.
04:06
April 26, 2020
The Hyenas: A Tale of India, Episode 8
All three of them dream: Ashok of success and power; Dhara and Mantal of love.
11:04
April 22, 2020
The Hyenas: A Tale of India, Episode 7
Mantal moves through the forest near the Gobinds' home, hunting down hyenas.
07:05
April 11, 2020
The Hyenas: A Tale of India, Episodes 5 and 6
After being confronted with a young victim of the hyenas, Dhara and the beggar go to her home, where Ashok makes the beggar a proposal.
10:24
April 9, 2020
The Hyenas: A Tale of India, Episode 4 (continued)
Dhara meets the beggar again, on a long walk in the country.
17:51
April 7, 2020
The Hyenas: A Tale of India, Episode 4
Dhara is troubled by an unusual-looking man she sees on her daily walks.
24:39
April 4, 2020
The Hyenas: A Tale of India, Episode 3
Dhara is having a party of her women friends when she suddenly faints, suffering a hallucinatory fantasy: her friends appear as the consorts of Shiva, accusing her of betraying herself and her world..
22:52
April 3, 2020
The Hyenas: A Tale of India, Episode 2
Ashok comes home to his young wife Dhara with startling news,
06:36
April 2, 2020
The Hyenas: A Tale of India, Episode 1
A tragic and mystical story of jealousy and love, set in modern India.
20:21
April 1, 2020
What Would You Be Willing to Die For, Lt. General Patrick?
Would any of us honestly be willing to perish for the sake of the American economic system?
04:02
March 31, 2020
The City Is Filled With Birdsong
In the quiet and emptiness of San Francisco, sheltering in place, one can hear the air filling with the singing of birds.
01:45
March 30, 2020
The Silence
The silence in the city of San Francisco after the directive to shelter in place.
02:43
March 26, 2020