Sunday, February 7, 2010

Escape from Crete


Amanda wanted wings so badly she could spit.

“Stop bugging me about them wings,” her Momma said. “You gotta be patient.”

Amanda pitched a regular conniption fit. Tore ribbons from her braids, stomped on her baby-doll and held her breath, but Momma paid no mind. Just kept stirring the gumbo.

In the yard, on the branches of an old hickory tree, abandoned bird nests hung like magic beads. Amanda climbed, searched, found a few tufts. “Phooey. These here sure is piddly old things, but they can help me some.” She licked the wispy feathers, stuck them on her shoulders and floated to the ground.

Her cat laid a dead sparrow at Amanda’s feet. Shouting, “Hallelujah. Praise the Lord,” Amanda plucked the feathers, licked them, stuck them on her shoulders and soared to the kitchen.

“Are them feathers you got stuck on you?” Momma asked.

“No. They wings.”

“Uh-huh. Wings. Just like that. Well then, eat some gumbo. You gotta stay strong, girl, if you gonna fly.”


BIO: Ozzie Nogg's Flash Fiction has been published in Diddledog, FLASHSHOT and 50 to 1. In 2003, her story, Blue Plate Special, appeared in MARGIN: Exploring Modern Magic Realism, and was later nominated for a Pushcart Prize and the E-2ink Award. Her book of personal stories, Joseph’s Bones, won First Place in the 2005 Writer’s Digest Press International Self-Published Book Awards. Ozzie's poetry can be read on-line at Archeology Magazine. Visit her at: