FORTHCOMING:

IN PRINT AND/OR ONLINE:

" A Castle in France, " 2Elizabeths, online as of 4/12/17

"Departures," Flash: The International Short-Short Story Magazine, Vol. 8.1 (April 2015)

"Top Secret," The Tishman Review, July 2015  www.tishmanreview.com

“Gloria,” Persimmon Tree  www.persimmontree.org/v2/fall-2012/gloria/

“Toiletry,” Friction, Vol.3, 2001, 51-5

 

                                                        DEPARTURES

The husband often travels to a foreign continent on business. There he falls in love with a foreign woman. They have two half-foreign children. His absence on each continent becomes prolonged and multiplied. Kids on two continents rush into his arms. Daddy! Daddy! Papa! Papa! He unpacks gifts from the continent where he is not.                            The wife on the first continent, the one who is not foreign, takes up baking. She kneads. She takes up clay modeling and kneads some more. She shapes bowls and vases and loaves of bread. Her hands grow strong and she grows fat. She takes up smoking and kneads ashtrays. A smoldering cigarette ignites a curtain and the house burns down. The wife and children are reduced to ashes and bones. The husband remains on the second continent, the one that was once foreign. He is grateful to have a spare family.