If he could plant flowers on the moon for her, he would—lilacs in craters’ shadows, roses in grayscale cracks, and daisies (among her favorites) facing the long, rough edge fading into space, their yellows and oranges spiraling in front of endless black; and if he could spell her name on that same surface, he would and would time the sun’s passing that brightens the petals-as-letters like fiery birds flocking for a moment before scattering again.
Out of the butterfly room, they wander, turning the corner until the curator stops them in front of the animals.
“Many and Many a Year Ago,” the winner of the 2019 Norton Girault Literary Prize in Fiction from Barely South Review (Old Dominion University), is now available in the Fall 2019 (11.1) issue online, for purchase on Amazon, and for my family and friends back in Virginia, may be in select bookshops.
“Creek on the Right” is forthcoming June 2020 in the Dead Mule School of Literature, which will be their twenty-fourth year of publishing, and as their slogan says “No good Southern fiction is complete without a dead mule.” Big thanks to Valerie McEwan et al.
“One Swift Effort,” a short story, is an honorable mention in the 47th New Millennium Writing awards.