and now for something good
by Charles Elin
They think he’s nervous, watching him flirt
with what once was, never too far from the porch.
Joy aside, it’s not what he wanted to say,
re-emerging so weathered. A family grows
in the time it takes to consider.
Charles Elin worked with the late writer/editor, Larry Fagin, from January 2012 until his recent death. Fagin published a chapbook of Elin’s poems and stories, Itself, in 2014, and later added two other stories to his 2016 magazine, The Delineator. Flash fiction pieces have been published by Columbia Journal, Corium Magazine and Midway Journal. His poems have appeared in Rosebud, California Quarterly, RiverSedge, The Griffin, Lindenwood Review, and Forge.