By Kathy Handley
Speaking to the doll, Rosalie said, “Oh Dearie, you look so cold, but I dare not take you home. And who left you here, sweetie pie?”
A beloved child already passed… a mother who has experienced a killing loss.
Rosalie knelt by the doll, as if to pray for her. The white barn owl watched, the birds, in spirit, clumped together silently on a wire above her. The spin of an airplane engine, that was faltering, clunked by. Rosalie’s knees were damp. Her trousers took on the earthy smell of the forest and her eyes dampened with sadness. Was she meant to understand loss?
Kathy Handley, a Grub Street member, writes fiction of all lengths. Her short fiction has appeared in many literary magazines, including www.istanbulliterarymagazine.com and www.literarymama.com. Her writing placed in many contests, most recently she placed in Press 53 2010 Flash Fiction and won the Word Hustler’s Page-to-Screen contest. Handley currently serves as Prose Poetry judge for the National League of American Pen Women Soul-Making Contest. She is the author of Birds of Paradise and her collection, A World of Love and Envy, Short stories, Flash Fiction, and Poetry. To learn more about Kathy, visit her website.