NOWHERE MAN by Nancy Richy

by Nancy Richy
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Vivian looked up from her book and stared at her husband Ray as he fiddled with his iPod. At one time he knew every little detail about that thing; now the device totally confused him. In frustration Ray cursed and threw the iPod across the room. 

“Damn thing’s busted!” he yelled. 

Vivian sighed and retrieved the iPod, placing it on the table between their recliners. She glanced sadly at Ray who just sat in his chair looking straight ahead. Where was her husband of 55 years? He was gone, replaced by this ‘nowhere man’

“We’ll look at it together after dinner, Ray. I’m sure we can figure out what’s wrong with it” Vivian calmly suggested. 

“Don’t patronize me, Viv!” Ray shouted. “I’m not a child!” 

“Sorry, Ray. I was just trying to help. I’m going to make dinner. Soup and salad sound ok to you?”  

“Whatever!” Ray snapped. “I’m not hungry anyway.” 

In the kitchen Vivian wept silently. It was like this ever since the diagnosis of early onset dementia. She and Ray squabbled over everything. He used to be very handy; now he couldn’t set his alarm clock. When Vivian offered to sort out his meds for him, Ray lashed out saying he could do it himself.  He mixed up the dosage and had a terrible reaction leaving him feeling hopeless and helpless. 

Ray came into the kitchen and started helping Vivian make the salad, perfectly cutting vegetables and chatting amiably.   The old Ray was back … at least temporarily. 

January 24, 2021
@Nancy Richy


Welcome to MasticadoresUSA.

MasticadoresUSA was founded by Juan Re Crivello as part of Gobblers/Masticadores in 2021. Its current editor is Gabriela Marie Milton.

MasticadoresUSA features talented writers of poetry and short prose. We primarily publish writers who write in English, and are based in the USA. However, while the publication language remains English, we also welcome the work of our fellow writers from all over the world.

What do we want to bring to our readers? Edgar Allan Poe once wrote: Poetry is the rhythmical creation of beauty in words. This is what we are committed to bringing to you. And that’s not an easy endeavor. 


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However, MasticadoresUSA does not publish any work that contains racist, homophobic, sexist, and hate talk of any kind.

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5 Comentarios Agrega el tuyo

  1. jonicaggiano dice:

    This is a heartbreaking piece about a reality so many people live with which take their loved ones away. Lovely write. ❤️Joni

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  2. Ingrid dice:

    Such a difficult and heart-rending situation, which as Joni said, many people face in their lives. An evocative piece!

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  3. trE dice:

    This almost brought tears to my eyes.

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  4. Sadly true and relatable Nancy. Congratulations on you story being published here. Happy for you. 💖

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