Heart on your Sleeve by Sophia Haddad

Birthdays can be heart breaking. Especially when watching children, unskilled in courteousness, open clothes they don’t like. You learn to smile through the ‘Groovy Chick’ t-shirts that you had graduated…

The Lesson by JY Saville

The rumble of the car’s wheels on a fast road. The muted voice of Gerry Rafferty emanating from the speakers in the front, though at that age I wouldn’t have…

What We Inherit by Steph Auteri

“I don’t want to go to school today!” My 3-year-old affixes herself to my leg, all wide eyes and downturned mouth, the hair at the back of her head snarled…

In Walpa Gorge by Adam Sear

‘Human beings will be happier, not when they cure cancer or get to Mars, but when they find ways to inhabit primitive communities again.’ Kurt Vonnegut * Sixteen miles west…

Amen by Alva Holland

A bottle of holy water from Lourdes sat on the floor of the cloakroom, just inside the door, untouched by anyone except Ma who used it to refill the tiny…

Gap by Angelita Bradney

I wake in my mosquito net cage. The morning din has begun: disco music blasting from the kiosk across the street, motors roaring, the berserk cries of the fighting cocks…

Spring Cleaning By Richard de Nooy

“Where should we start?” I ask. “Maybe at either end,” shrugs the nurse. We glance at each other – my love and I – and nod in agreement. She takes…

Lost on the Pike by Ray Scanlon

Westbound on the Mass Pike, with Cheryl and friends of ancient standing, I’m destined for a vacation at a woodsy cottage in the Catskills. It will be an indulgent luxury,…

The Twelve Opossums by Christopher Iacono

Jesus was drinking wine when the guests crashed onto the dinner table. Creatures the size of cats with small ears, pointy noses, and turquoise hair covering their bodies scurried around…