Grosbeaks

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.

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