David Daniel’s stories have appeared in The Vermont Review, Sleet, 101 Words, Everyday Fiction, Crack the Spine, Postcard Shorts, Zombie Logic and elsewhere. His most recent book, Inflections & Innuendos, is a collection of flash fiction. He teaches at the University of Massachusetts, Lowell.
Early sunlight pinking their wings, they flutter in the eaves of the old Boston & Maine Railroad depot, raiding the pantry. They are eating insects snared in the gleaming lace of spiders’ webs. Trains don’t run here anymore. The tracks are rusted. The birds’ twittering might be the telegrapher’s key, taking down messages from ghosts.
3 thoughts on “Grosbeaks”
A clean, crafted, crystal. Typical David Daniel.
Excellent little prose poem. In fewer than 60 words you have given us characters, conflict, vivid time and place settings, a history, and more.
“Why didn’t I write that? ” I asked myself.
And a voice said, “Because you’re not Dave Daniel.”
Great piece of writing.
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