Still Life

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September 15, 2015 by The Citron Review

by Lane Osborne

 

She dips her brush in paint, tries to see her subject—the basket-woven cornucopia of ripened fruit—but sees the ultrasound from hours earlier instead. Had her doctor said the size of a grapefruit? A cantaloupe? Strange to compare a fetus to fruit, she thinks. She’s been assured this time is different, but knows there’s no trying again. She wants to believe the butterflies she feels are the first flutters of life, not just nerves. Still, as she fills her cornucopia with its yield, she’s struck by that contranym that cuts both ways: yield, meaning either to produce or concede.

 

Lane Osborne teaches English Composition at Coastal Carolina University in Conway, South Carolina where he lives with his wife and two children. His essays have recently appeared or are forthcoming in Waccamaw, StepAway Magazine, storySouth, and Oxford Magazine. “Still Life” is his first published piece of fiction. 

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4 thoughts on “Still Life

  1. […] gratitude to The Citron Review and founding editor, Aaron Gansky for publishing my micro-fiction story, “Still […]

  2. […] announce that the editors at The Citron Review have nominated my micro-fiction story “Still Life” for a 2016 Pushcart […]

  3. […] “Still Life” by Lane Osborne via The Citron Review […]

  4. Tony Press says:

    This is a good one.

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