Lois Marie Harrod
August 2014 Flashes
Lois Marie Harrod’s 13th and 14th poetry collections, Fragments from the Biography of Nemesis (Cherry Grove Press) and How Marlene Mae Longs for Truth (dancing girl press) appeared in 2013. The Only Is won the 2012 Tennessee Chapbook Contest (Poems & Plays), and Brief Term, a collection of poems about teaching was published by Black Buzzard Press, 2011. Cosmogony won the 2010 Hazel Lipa Chapbook Contest (Iowa State). She is published in literary journals and online ezines from American Poetry Review to Zone 3. She teaches Creative Writing at the College of New Jersey. Read her work on www.loismarieharrod.org.
The Lop-sided Bra
The little girl in the sweatshop made a big mistake. She sewed in one A cup and one D cup. Don’t worry, said the bra. Many women are lop-sided. Someone will find me. Someone will buy me and love me for what they are. I don’t know, said the little girl, who had no breasts to speak of. It may get me fired and sent off to Thailand to do you know what. Don’t be silly, said the bra. You need breasts to do that. No, said the little girl. I don’t think you do.
The Reluctant Clock
The clock had grown reluctant to make his appointed rounds. Some days he stayed in bed until ten. His hands laid heavy at his side. His chimes ached. His wife said he had grown crazy. She said get a grip on yourself or I will leave. His daughter tried to talk him into eating some rooster soup. The doctor said he had cancer of the cock-a-doodle-doo. It was eating away at his gears. There was nothing to do but let him tick away as painlessly as possible.