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book o’ salt Flash Contest Winners
We wander along the dune crest, following meandering sand lines, wave markers; little holes, once bubbles speckle the dune’s lake side. With our bared feet the same size, we leave almost matching footprints, dry colored ones on the dark sand, wet colored ones on the dry. Further inland the dunes rise up, a gentle clutter of congregating grass. Our loose sweatshirts and jeans, rolled up to mid-calf flap wildly. The autumn breeze combs our hair, caresses our faces, fills our nostrils with the scent of clean sand, fresh, clear water, pushes the massed grey-tinged clouds in streams across the reflected sky. The great green-blue lake lashes roaring three-foot waves. We dodge them easily laughing, as they lap gently at our ankles. Stripe-necked sandpipers scatter on chopstick legs, leaving mazes. Herring gulls swirl above, glide through invisible dance patterns, dip abruptly to light amidst the foamy waves. We open our flapping sails to the breeze to take it all in, to pour ourselves all out, to become grains of sand underfoot, crystal jewels of sparkling foam, almost imperceptible whirs of gulls’ wings.
Jeanne Lesinski has published four children's books, including Bill Gates (Lerner), as well as hundreds of articles for magazines and reference books. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in the anthology Poem, Revised and the journals Pennsylvania English, The Binnacle, and The Tusculum Review, among others.
"Flight" was inspired by a trip to a Lake Michigan beach in 1982. It began its life as a poem, and when I revisited it a couple years ago, I wondered if it would work as a prose piece, so I trimmed it to its bare, yet lyrical, bones. As in my poems, I like to end with some sense of closure or aha. Thus the "almost imperceptible whirs of gulls’ wings," an image that has stuck with me for 25 years!
Flash Contest Finalist
I hold my breath till it is time for bed, the forgiving darkness licking my open wounds, the warm cocoon of blankets a dim reminder of your body shape, there, next to me, fencing out the vastness of the world.
Native of Québec City, Suzanne Aubin lived around the world before settling in British Columbia where she teaches languages, does translations and writes in her spare time. She has run a monthly column in a national aviation newspaper and published free-lance articles in "Okanagan Life",a B.C. magazine. Her latest publications include BluePrint Review, Salomé Magazine, Flash Flood Fiction and an Honourable Mention in the Mirrors and Masks Mindprints Contest.
Flash Contest Finalists:
Sue Miller - “Dear Siobbahn”, flash fiction