HOOT Online, Issue 3, December 2011 – Flash Fiction, Poetry, Memoir
STOPPING BY THE COFFEE SHOP AFTER THE THEATRE
by Caroline Zarlengo Sposto
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A pair of hipster lovebirds pose in vintage clothes.
All of nineteen they know the scene
and dig the vibe that marks the tribe
who text and talk of indie rock,
ironic views and new tattoos.
He shared his bleak philosophy
while sipping tea.
She sighed and gazed,
moved and amazed
then sweetly kissed her nihilist.
by Nick Sanford
The man on the shoreline noticed a woman beneath an umbrella and thought he might like to
marry her someday. She had long black hair and feathery eyelashes. And dimples.
Would you like to take a swim with me? he asked, captivated by the smoothness of her skin, the
crookedness of her nose.
If I go in the water I will fall apart, she said, wondering if this man would be the one to bind her
finger with a band of gold. How big would the diamond be?
She asked: Would you like to take a walk with me in the pasture, instead? The daisies are
If my feet touch grass I will grow roots, the man said, and I’ll never be able to move again.
They both said: Very well then; it’s been a pleasure.
They bid each other farewell. And neither shed a tear.
Caroline Zarlengo Sposto lives in Memphis, Tennessee. She is the poetry editor for Humor in America. http://humorinamerica.
Nick Sanford is currently an undergraduate studying English/Creative Writing at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Washington. In an area of never-ending rain, he writes about the magical/surreal and despises purple Skittles.
Stephen Ross is a doctoral candidate at Oxford working on 20th-century American poetry. He is an editor and co-founder of the webjournal, Wave Composition.
Linda Simoni-Wastila crunches numbers by day, writes by night. You can find her stuff in The Sun, Camroc Press Review, Monkeybicycle, Connotation Press, Eclectic Flash, Tattoo Highway, and other cool places. She blogs here (http://linda-leftbrainwrite.