My Father, Leaving

Coming home that night, the sunlight outside. The burn of an overcooked chicken. My sister a seed in my mother’s belly. The flowers wilting in the hall. The hint of another woman’s perfume. My mother motioning to the rent check on the dining room table. My father giving me a dollar to go to the store.

Francine Witte has stories in Best Small Fictions 2022, and Flash Fiction America (W.W. Norton.) Her recent books are Dressed All Wrong for This (Blue Light Press,) The Way of the Wind (AdHoc fiction,) and The Cake, The Smoke, The Moon (ELJ Editions,) Just Outside the Tunnel of Love (Blue Light Press.) She is flash fiction editor for Flash Boulevard and The South Florida Poetry Journal. She lives in NYC. Twitter: @francinewitte.