Six days before the correct diagnosis:

my wife writhes with stabbing pains; 

dark clouds and her internal organs

twist in a single oppressive clench.


A gash of light in the east, and now

a tin grin incision in her Buddha belly

reminds us of our daughter’s braces!

We laugh and trace the angry lips


of a fresh six-inch Mona Lisa smile.

Strange ordeal to face in middle age,

but now she wears her scar with pride:

Frankenbelly, she intones, off the slab.

























The Story Pages

Emergency Appendectomy               for Gepke

Text Box: “The Three Graces”  
by Stephen Mead



Craig W. Baird                  Same Place But Different Worlds                 

Terry Collett                     Just As You Like It                                                   

J.D. Martin                        Only A Haircut                                                 

John Merrick                    Beach Rose                                                       

Richard L. Provencher      Island of Song                                                 

J.A. Tyler                         The Stand Up                                                    

Michael K. White              My Life In Pools                                                                                            

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