Last Night, the Little Dipper Looked Like … by Ethel Rohan

I fell in love this week with 100 Word Story, a literary journal of “perfect shards”, an exemplar of form that allows the writer “to keep a story free from explanation” – a distinction of flash writing.  To pick the Spotlight story for August, I wrote the titles of the first eight stories featured on the journal website on raffle tickets and asked my neighbor to pick one from a paper bag.  Here’s the winner – I hope you’ll go to the journal to read it again and its equally-excellent company.

Last Night, the Little Dipper Looked Like the Walgreen’s Pharmacy Cup
by Ethel Rohan

On the street, I pass a man eating a sandwich and the waft of onion walks with me a while. The rattle of metal tags on a collar and I always have to look, make sure the dog isn’t loose and fierce. Three weeks ago, my mother died and I thanked God. This week, a glance at her photograph reminds, feels like a slap to my heart. The cards, flowers, and phone calls have stopped. Already. I almost turn around on the street and return to the company of the smell of onion, offer my hand for it to take.

 

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