Lucky’s Dream

A Novel by Butch Mandatta Ponzio

Not long ago I awoke from a dream so intense it demanded my full attention. In the dream I was a criminal defense investigator sitting at the defendant’s table in a Vermont courtroom. The defendant, a strange looking young man who appeared dull-witted, stammered unintelligibly as he struggled to tell his version of the facts. Out of nervousness for him I unthinkingly began tapping my fingers against the tabletop, beating out a rhythm that resounded in the high-ceilinged courtroom.
The defendant heard my nervous drumming and started rapping his story to its beat, finally able to convey his testimony. Continue reading…


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