Flash in the Pan


A Quarterly Posting at Tiny Lights

Finding The Missing Piece


by Maggie Manning

Standing at the stove, I take a sip of whiskey, turn the eggplant slices gently sautéing in oil.
A cello plays somewhere out of sight, copper strings scraped by horsehair.

You come into the kitchen and the mercury rises imperceptibly.

Your hand settles at my waist; my head automatically tilts back for a kiss.

What is this puzzle we call marriage?

How do we manage to hammer out the years of caring and connection, anger and bitterness?
I only know that with you, the center holds; everything is possible.

Maggie Manning is twice divorced, so this piece represents her musings on what might be rather than her reality.


Fourteenth Flash


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