Miramichi Flash showcases four noteworthy flash fictions: “The New Year” by Pamela Painter, “In Search of You” by Yael Maree, “Cuba” by Mike Meyer, and “My Mother Was An Upright Piano” by Tania Hershman, in its April 2021 Issue! – Enjoy!
It’s late Christmas Eve at Spinelli’s when Dominic presents us, the waitstaff, with his dumb idea of a bonus–Italian hams in casings so tight they shimmer like Gilda’s gold lame stockings.
Light fades as I leave the fringe of the forest behind and step under the heavy shadow of its canopy. I have lost you in this wilderness, and it closes in on me; a cloister of infinite shades of seafoam, chartreuse, lime and olive.
The smell of Cuba is beautiful. Every place has its own smell. London, for example, has a different smell than it used to have. It was unmistakable as you stepped off an airplane and lined up in the Customs and Immigration Hall at Heathrow.
My mother was an upright piano, spine erect, lid tightly closed, unplayable except by the maestro. My father was not the maestro.