by Peter Schumacher
art by Leslie June
That is what my mother said to me.
She said, "Blue you're so slow."
And I hung clothes from the clothesline every Sunday.
Every Monday our list of objects grew. The objects invaded our rooms I mean, and we could not vacuum them because they were too much.
Some of the objects were bicycles. The dog barked at all of them. I told the dog, "NO!" The dog listened because I'm Blue. I'm Blue because that is what my mother named me and yes, sometimes I feel so blue. It's a ridiculous fate I know.
And no the dog did not listen. The dog was a stubborn piece of shit. We bought that dog when I was nine years old.
Tuesdays of course we brought home the burgers. My mom brought home the burgers and put them in the fridge. They stacked up like pyramids, the wrapped burgers. I grabbed one whenever and ate it like a hand fruit.
Then nothing til Saturday when everything was a sale and a nickel and I was never quick enough with the hauling. Our objects collected in the rooms, the list of them grew. We had a tremendous VHS collection with several boxed sets. The dog went frantic when the objects fell. I mean nothing could stop the yard sale.
So that eventually we walled ourselves in.
So that eventually she had neither reason nor ability to complain.
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Peter Schumacher's work has appeared online at The Summerset Review and Six Little Things. He lives in Missoula, MT, and is currently at work on a book of novellas.
Leslie June is an underwater photographer, writer, blogger, Photoshop instructor, graphic designer and fitness coach. She loves to swim with her camera.
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Issue Forty-Two (December 16, 2013):
Portrait of a Writer I Remember as a Young Masturbator by Caren Beilin «»
Masters of Matchsticks by Craig Buchner «»
As If a Bestiary Had Wings by Michael Chaney «»
The Meat Sweats by Michael Czyzniejewski «»
Preemie by Matthew Dexter «»
Summer of Pinbugs by Kate Folk «»
Next Rest Stop, Twenty-Two Miles by Rosie Forrest «»
Freckles by Brendan Gauthier «»
Twenty-Five Minute Wait by Megan Giddings «»
Queuing, Photographs, Morning Eyes by Jason Jackson «»
Everything in This House Is Crooked by Alisha Karabinus «»
Lot's Wife by Rebecca King «»
When You Look for Us, I'll Be Here by Adam Peterson «»
If You Find an Infant Squirrel by Heather Rounds «»
Habits by Peter Schumacher «»
How to Write a Hardship Letter by Nicole Simonsen «»
The Low Hum of Vegetation by Ashley Strosnider «»
Whose Voice We Wanted to Hear by Jacqueline Vogtman «»
Śūnyatā by Allison Williams «»
Caren Beilin «»
Craig Buchner «»
Michael Chaney «»
Michael Czyzniejewski «»
Matthew Dexter «»
Kate Folk «»
Rosie Forrest «»
Brendan Gauthier «»
Megan Giddings «»
Jason Jackson «»
Alisha Karabinus «»
Rebecca King «»
Adam Peterson «»
Heather Rounds «»
Peter Schumacher «»
Nicole Simonsen «»
Ashley Strosnider «»
Jacqueline Vogtman «»
Allison Williams «»
Cover Art by Dan Marbaix «»
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