Flash in the Pan

A Quarterly Posting at Tiny Lights

Storm Clouds

by Maggie Manning

My mother has one toe in the grave, but she's not ready to step off that cliff just yet.
The storm clouds gather as her 81st birthday approaches; the voice of death calls more insistently.

Still, she sits outside on a warm spring evening, licking her blackberry cone and listening to the soft whir of faraway insects.

Maggie Manning, a college professor and wanna-be writer, hopes she will approach the end of her life with as much equanimity as her mother does.

Eighteenth Flash

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Child Walking: Mother’s Day Tribute, 2009 by Mary Gaffney
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Plug Shooter by John Macdonald
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Bug Dance by Stacey Dennick
Summer’s Passion by Joan Zerrien

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