Trying

Meg Pokrass

The door closed and we were away from your mother. She had gone to the store for butter which meant something worse. As you promised, we sampled rum, the stuff your uncle brewed. Froggy, spicy, dark; you said you liked what I liked… but in a sort of ironed-flat way. So then, I sampled you… you were lying down and I was taste-testing the world. This was confusing, and also not. I was younger than you, younger than this moment, but old enough to enjoy the accordion feel of a curled boy-body unfolding.

“This is not it,” you said, “Try this.” “Try.”

I liked trying and I wanted to try better.

First, though, I asked for some soda. On the way to your kitchen, you jumped over the sofa, the dog, tripped on a denim hat.. Nobody could holler at us for what lived criminally in our brains because our brains were fresh. I said I wanted to have all of it, real fast, you said you liked both slow and fast, alternately. I liked that too, I said.



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About the Work

Meg Pokrass

Meg Pokrass is the author of Damn Sure Right (2011, Press 53). Her second collection of flash fiction, “Happy Upside Down” will be released in the Fall, 2013. Meg’s stories and poems have appeared in PANK, McSweeney’s, Two Serious Ladies, The Literarian, storySouth, Smokelong Quarterly, Wigleaf, The Rumpus, Yalobusha Review and various anthologies such as ROADSIDE CURIOSITIES: Stories about American Pop Culture (University of Leipzig Press in conjunction with Picador, 2013). Meg’s flash fiction “Nights” was selected by author Dan Chaon for Wigleaf‘s Top 50 online Fictions of 2012. Meg presently serves as an assoc. editor for Frederick Barthelme’s BLIP Magazine.

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