Foxglove Moments

Alan's haunting novel of the AIDS epidemic, As If Death Summoned, was released on World AIDS Day, December 1, 2020, and has won the Foreword INDIES LGBT Book of the Year Award. Watch the book trailer here. Read the reviews here.


On my desk, facing me, sits a Buddha
from the Thai Kingdom of Ayutthaya (mid-1300s to 1767),
a gift from a friend who collects cultural artifacts.
I have probably looked at it a thousand times or more.

And then one day as I was writing, 
the late afternoon sun poured in 
and literally cast the Buddha in a new light.

I glanced up and was stopped,
transfixed as he seemed to emerge
from the shadows of the distant past.

And with a shiver I realized
I was gazing into the face of someone
from the 18th century.






[First posted: September 28, 2013]

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