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Flying Island 10.27

Dear Flying Island Readers: Welcome to the 10.27 Edition of the Flying Island Journal! In this edition we publish poems by Tawn Parent , Roger Pfingston , Chris Dean , and Mary Wilder Daily and creative nonfiction by Nan Jackson . Inspired to send us your fiction, poetry, or creative nonfiction? For more info on how to submit, see the tab above. Thank you for reading, Flying Island Editors and Readers

Plaid Blanket, a poem by Tawn Parent

The Plaid Blanket I cover my son with the fuzzy plaid blanket  I bought spontaneously on Christmas Eve,  spying it out of the edge of my eye at the grocery checkout, of all places. Something bright  to break up the chilly whiteness of the hospital bed and offer a scrap of hominess in the stern, ringing room. The fleece provides warmth  that the thin, sterile hospital blankets can’t match, no matter how many you pile on. At home the plaid blanket lives in a shopping bag, packed and ready for when fever sends us running to the ER. Then I lift the folded softness from the brown bag  and stretch it across the foot of Eli’s bed  in the children’s cancer ward to claim this rolling metal island as our own. When the blanket becomes soiled, I hurry to the hospital laundry, scrawl his room number in marker on the hard lid of the washer. Inside, the blanket  has a heyday, sharing its colorful fluff with all its neighbors as they churn together in the sudsy water. Pants, shirts, and socks emerge 

Drought, a poem by Roger Pfingston

Drought Not the melody we expected at the creek’s edge, rather an ugly  silence clogged with sheets and tubes  of sycamore bark, the stopped drift  of sweet gum balls and cottonwood fluff, mud-dried globs of twigs and leaves, feathers, thin bones of whatever, and always the human dross.                           Easy to cross this un- wanted shortcut while preferring the long  way around to the singing duo of rock and water.       A retired teacher of English and photography, Roger Pfingston is the recipient of a Poetry Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts and two PEN Syndicated Fiction Awards. He is the author of  Something Iridescent , a collection of poetry and fiction, as well as five chapbooks ,  the most recent being  What’s Given,  available from Kattywompus Press .  

house, a poem by Chris Dean

house I want to go back To days when An empty box and pallet  Made the perfect house With grandma's old curtain As a door. You would sit on your hat box chair At our milk crate table  While I served you imaginary tea From the pink plastic cups Mom found at the dollar store. We could talk about your day at work, You complaining about your boss While I wiped my hands on My pretend apron. Then, when boredom set in, We'd leave our sleeping rubber baby In its shoe box crib in the corner And go catch lightning bugs Or play tag And ours would be the happiest home On the block until The street light came on Or it rained.       Chris Dean , a writer from Indiana, began writing poetry in 2018. They were the featured artist for May at the Columbus Area Arts Council Monthly Open Mic Night. Their work has been published in The Whiskey Mule Diner Anthology  

American Haiku, poetry by Mary Wilder Daily

American Haiku Silver rain outburst Bending winds renew beauty Passion not danger Making love no words Only response breathe, muscle No self. No other. One. Giant fiberglass Crayon whale, chicken, Jesus Roadside attractions       Mary Wilder Daily has returned to her hometown in Indiana and reconnected to her heritage as a Midwesterner. She joined the Indiana Playwright's Circle and has benefited from the interaction with and feedback from other writers in the weekly Scene Nights. Reading and creating poetry has been a passion of hers since she was in high school.  

Pawn, Creative Nonfiction by Nan Jackson

Pawn He offers you twenty five and asks how long has it been, as if collecting data. As if he gets this all the time, a woman who walks straight to the counter and hands him the ring. A woman who doesn’t even look at the displays of watches and jewelry that other customers have left behind. There’s a tally mark for that, too, because sometimes there is a gap between the jingle of the bell at the shop door that tells him to get up from his desk in the tiny dark room at the back and the moment she gets up the nerve to approach the cash register.  In his line of work, he’s always measuring time, it’s second nature. Between procrastination and resolve. Timidity and regret. Anger and resignation.  Sometimes a woman just needs the cash. Ready with a lie if anyone who matters notices the shadow where the band used to be. Sometimes a woman just wants to get rid of it. Evidence of a mistake. Reminder of her lack of judgment. Those are the ones he asks, keeping his voice matter-of-fact, as if