On This Harvest Moon

On the first day of winter, I watched the Anne Hathaway movie “One Day” with our kids.  It’s about  Emma and Dexter who, the night  they graduate from college, go to her room and try to make out.  He is drunk, but Emma, although she is fascinated by him, agrees that it is best for…

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Found Money

A five-dollar bill. Fluttering there on the sidewalk, yet miraculously motionless in the early-morning breeze; flapping just enough to attract her attention without flying away.Her foot clamped down upon it, hard; she squatted down fast and dug it out with greedy fingers; crushed it into a ball and stuffed it deep in her pocket.It was…

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The Very Last One

Statewide alert: White female, 14-19 years, brown hair and eyes, last seen walking alone in Forest Park. The Rangers’ Hut is considered the likely destination. May be wearing red raingear. Wanted in connection with possible wolf sighting.— Lynn Bey Lynn Bey has had short stories and flash fiction published in The Literarian (nominated for a Pushcart…

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The Crossed Legged Caretaker

He’s been dead quite some time, six maybe seven years I’d say.  He passed right here in this house.  That was the way he wanted it.  He didn’t want doctors and nurses poking away at him until there was nothing left.  I don’t think he found much honor in going that way. Years ago he built…

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Keeper (for Megan Mclaurin)

That last image of you from college was enough to undo me right there. Parked nudging the curb of the lot, you sat alone in there, staring down between your naked toes, a fat camel, the trendy ones that year, the ones you turned me onto, squeezed between your clinched fingers, which hovered above the…

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How to Grow

Be a child. Have dreams. Ensure those dreams are undefined, transitory – always out of reach. Reach out a doughy, puppy-fat hand to touch them anyway.Continue to be a child, even when your body misbehaves by aging. Remember to attend university, even when you have no idea why.Realize that your dreams are bigger than you…

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