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  April 2016
volume 13 number 1
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Ed Higgins
April 2016



art by mauricio alejandro ramos

    "My poems and short fiction have appeared in various print and online journals including: Monkeybicycle, Tattoo Highway, Word Riot, Haibun Today, Cease Cows, and Blue Print Review, among others. My wife and I live on a small organic farm in Yamhill, OR, raising a menagerie of animals including a whippet, a manx barn cat (who doesn't care for the whippet), two Bourbon turkeys (King Strut and Nefra-Turkey), and an alpaca named Machu-Picchu. I'm also Asst. Fiction Editor for Brilliant Flash Fiction, an Irish-based online journal."



Mermaid Tale

your words that came crashing over me
so cold the clear shock was like salt water

filling any mariner's lungs caught far below decks
whose ship has impossibly broken apart

an ocean rushing tightly in on us
sheets of ice-green desperation

and I would grow gills and fins,
a mermaid's fanned tail, her kelp wavy

hair, if only you would return to me.

copyright 2016 Ed Higgins