"Anna and the Hurricane"

Here is the last story (at least for now) inspired by Mad Bull’s & Pan in 60’s challenge. In some ways these short-shorts were harder and easier to write than most forms of writing. The short-shorts are similar to short stories with a beginning, middle, and end, but they have the compactness of poetry. Unlike free verse, however, which can be infinite, these short-shorts with their limitation of 60 words are similar to sonnets. And as Clint Eastwood said in Magnum Force: “A man’s gotta know his limitations.”

“Anna and the Hurricane”

After the hurricane, Anna and I were waiting in line at the store to buy ice and water.
As soon as the door opened, a woman rammed through the crowd with a shopping cart and entered the store ahead of everyone.
“If you can’t love the crazy people,” Anna said, “you can’t love yourself.”
We formed the line again.



Stephen Bess said…
This was a nice shorty! Thanks for breaking it down. I also read the link to your poem, "Dancehall." I could see the rhythms as I was reading it. I love the language. It took me back to last evening when I was reading your short story in Iron Balloons. Love the story! I can't wait to check out your collection of short stories when it arrives in the mail.

Peace my friend~

Geoffrey Philp said…
Dear Stephen,
Glad you liked the story and I hope you will enjoy Uncle Obadiah and the Alien.

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