Nothing Much to Lose

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For those of you who enjoy my writing, and who enjoy fiction, an online literary magazine, Typishly, has accepted a short story of mine about a real-life person who encompassed the highest of highs and the lowest of lows within his lifetime. The link is here:

Nothing Much to Lose

The title comes from a poem by A.E. Housman, the poet best known today for his cycle of poems, A Shropshire Lad. Houseman did not actually serve in World War one (he would have been too old for service), but he is sometimes included in anthologies of the so-called “War Poets,” a title normally given to such luminaries as Rupert Brooke, Alan Seeger, Siegfried Sassoon, Wilfred Owen, and too many others, far too many, who wrote some of the greatest verse of all time as they died–most of them–in the trenches. What makes Housman stand out is that he is included, as far as I know, on the strength of a single poem which consists, in its entirety, of the following four lines:

Here Dead We Lie

Here dead we lie because we did not choose

To live and shame the land from which we sprung.

Life, to be sure, is nothing much to lose;

But young men think it is, and we were young.

And that is one of the most concisely accurate summations of war ever written.

If you like the story, please email the editor ( and let him know. He and I will both appreciate it.

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8 thoughts on “Nothing Much to Lose”

  1. My note to the editor:
    I truly enjoyed Mr. Parker’s portrait of the aging Russian general. He painted beautiful pictures of Sukhomlinov’s memories, enhancing them with the aromas of life. It coupled well with other readings I have made in the world of revolutionary Russia, and it made me think.
    Thanks to him for writing it and to you for publishing it.
    Victor Yehling

  2. Herr Parker … sehr “Schwere Kost” diese Geschichte … Sie sind ein hervorragender Schriftsteller. ….. Manuela

  3. What a bittersweet story. I liked it. This story brought me back to my Russian studies and the feel you grasped just right. I’m curious, what made you chose Russia? It’s a very unique setting, as Russia is an unique place. Overall there are not a whole lot of modern stories written in this period, which makes it stand out. What was the inspiration?

  4. I haven’t had a pair of seconds to read your story yet, but I will and then I promise to come and gush over it.

    I told my brother to read An Accidental Cowboy. He is 1/3 of the way and he can’t put it down.

  5. “Anything built by human hands and minds can be destroyed by human hands and minds.”
    Great line!

    Sweet story. Thank you for sharing your talent!


  6. I just wanted to say that I loved this story. I was pretty sick for a few days but I’m going to write the editor today.

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