The Townsfolk in Winter

1

May 2, 2018 by The Citron Review

by Tim Hawkins 

 

Scurrying together, uniting at the flagpole, chapped hands of greeting concealed like their expressions lost inside cavernous hoods, some hail me with a terse nod.

But, I do not join their prayer for unborn souls. Instead, I watch the wind scatter each breath rising toward heaven. And they do not attack me with hands grown numb, as if their fingers had never plucked a fragile, night-blooming flower.

They add me, instead, to their list of unborn souls, clasp their raw and bleeding hands together, and maintain a stolid circle against the cold.

 
Tim Hawkins spent two decades living and traveling around the world. His short fiction and poetry can be found in numerous print and online magazines and anthologies He has published a poetry collection, Wanderings at Deadline (Aldrich Press, 2012) and a poetry chapbook, Jeremiad Johnson (In Case of Emergency Press, 2019). A story and poetry chapbook, Synchronized Swimmers, is available in early October 2019 from KYSO Flash Press. Find out more at his website: www.timhawkinspoetry.com
 

One thought on “The Townsfolk in Winter

  1. […] With wet palms, overwhelming nausea, we drive blind to kingdom come. Stragglers are left beneath the beating sun. At an impromptu funeral, the earth will open easy for our shovels. A cloud of dust will kick up. Our sneeze will ricochet off the ancient church stones. Another may kick us in the guts. Will the wind scatter our very breath to heaven? […]

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

Snow on brush in desert

IMAGE CREDIT: Jill Katherine Chmelko. Protest Road, Winter. 2019.

🍋Our Tenth Anniversary

 

    Cheers to ten years of celebrating the short form.

 

🍋 Instagram

US President George Washington rode a horse, of course. So we are recognizing this President's birthday with our Winter Issue story, "The Farrier, by Lisa Tuininga. https://citronreview.com/2019/12/21/the-farrier/ Lisa Tuininga writes fiction and creative nonfiction. She holds a BA in English Literature from DePaul University and has studied at Seattle’s literary center, @hugohouse. Her work has appeared in @belletristmagazine , Adanna Literary Journal, @sharkreeflit, and others (under pen name Lisa Regen) and she is working on her first novel. #amreading #amsubmitting
Whether you celebrate V-Day or you're anti-V-Day, we all have laundry to do. https://citronreview.com/2019/12/15/hanging-out-the-laundry/ Kris Willcox's work is in publications including The Cimarron Review​, @beloitfictionjournal , and @PDXReview. #amreading #flashfiction #litmag
Dive deep into some #flashfiction with @elpattee. https://citronreview.com/2019/12/21/men-learn-to-swim-in-the-deep-end/ Emma Pattee’s writing has been published in @nytimes and @carvecommunity and is forthcoming in @marieclairemag. She was a 2019 AWP Writer-to-Writer mentee and leads the Portland chapter of Women Who Submit. She is currently working on a novel.
We review the debut Cathy Ulrich collection Ghosts of You (@okaydonkeymag) We're over the moon with ZEST. https://citronreview.com/2020/02/09/debut-fiction-review-by-jr-walsh/ #amreading #flashfiction
We're ready to read your Flash, Micros, Creative Nonfiction and Poetry. Submit at citronreview.com
Micros are always on our mind. Come around back and live the story Sean Pravica has conjured. https://citronreview.com/2019/12/21/sign-of-life/ Sean Pravica's next book, Hold Still Fast, is a collection of 200 stories 50 words and under. It's out in May from @Pelekinetic. #amreading #microfiction

Enter your email address to follow us and receive notifications of new issues by email.

%d bloggers like this: