Short Story of the Day, Flash Fiction, One Milky Window, by Tara Isabel Zambrano

“I’m selfish, impatient and a little insecure. I make mistakes, I am out of control and at times hard to handle. But if you can’t handle me at my worst, then you sure as hell don’t deserve me at my best.”

― Marilyn Monroe

Mural on construction fence, Farmer’s Market, Dallas, Texas, Derrick S. Hamm

From my Online Journal – August 2, 2002, written on the beach during a trip to Nicaragua:

In the hammock, looking at a fallen coconut, I fall asleep and dream and wake up not knowing where I am.

Usually when I steal a few moments in a hammock, it is to dream I am tied between a coconut tree and maybe a mango tree, along a tropical beach, with the Pacific breakers crashing in a steady roar. It is disconcerting to wake up from my dream and realize I really am there.


The sea foams
orange
with plankton, algae
and diatoms

a shark thrashes
in the breakers
its prey caught
and bloody

the beach is littered
with
tiny slivers of shells
crushed by the surf
against the rocks
like broken heart-bones


At night on the beach, the brilliant unfamiliar Southern constellations, brief flashes of shooting stars, giant tropical thunderstorms on the ocean horizon throwing distant brilliant flashes of heat lightning – all up against the inky dark.

And today’s flash fiction:

One Milky Window, by Tara Isabel Zambrano

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