Blocked Sewage

The plumbing was clogged at Ravensbrück concentration camp and for three days Gypsies and inmates from neighboring camps tried to find what was causing the backup in the pipes behind the camp that ferried the muck to the lake. The workers pumped and probed, dug into drains for hours. Finally there was a gurgle, then another. At last they found the location of the clog and managed to pull out the blockage: a newborn boy sent sewer-ward, in a longer birth canal than most. Through the fissures error and truth are born– sometimes just short of the lake.

Pamelyn Casto, twice a Pushcart Prize nominee, has articles on flash fiction in Writer’s Digest, Fiction Southeast, OPEN: Journal of Arts & Letters, Field Guide to Writing Flash Fiction: Tips from Editors, Teachers, and Writers in the Field, The Greenwood Encyclopedia of New American Reading, and in Critical Insights: Flash Fiction. She is associate editor for flash discourse at OPEN: Journal of Arts & Letters ( Her poems have been published in several print and online publications. Twitter: @graphomaniacal.