A Place with More Meaning by Bogdan Dragos

“One day I drank 29 cups of coffee,” she said “Yeah,” he said, “I’ve no doubt. “It was my attempt at suicide,” she said “Yeah. I’ve no doubt.” “There’s free coffee at work, so I took advantage. My boyfriend died that way, you know? He was a truck driver so he used coffee and energy…

Picnic and A Crow by Joni Caggiano

in the glee of a sapphire sky, the sun plays leapfrog with a cloud cake chinwags to cheese falling off the family’s tattered picnic table landing by hungry carpenter ants grateful to be done building a stable boys swerving on a swing sitting sideways long ago nailed to an oak wrestling, like a couple of…

A Coffin Maker’s Choice by Edward N. McConnell

“You know friend, I make coffins, can’t seem to sell any though, people aren’t dying fast enough.” On a February 2020 morning, Cappy Bates, a struggling coffin maker, was telling a potential customer his business was bad. More of a craftsman than a salesman, Cappy didn’t like small talk. Yet, here he was, instead of…