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Breath & Shadow

Fall 2019 - Vol. 16, Issue 4

"What William Had To Do"

Written By

Keith Nunes

William listens from the back seat

His parents in their usual he drives she’s passive order of things

Father launches ‘I don’t know what you go through 

When you go through with these attempts

All I’m saying is if you’re genuine about 

Getting to the end of it all

You should really do a proper job, next time I mean, 

Because this to-ing and fro-ing is getting your mother down’


William’s mother turns in the passenger seat and faces her son

‘If I had been as efficient 

As your father would like you to be

You and I wouldn’t be here at all son’


William’s father brakes hard 

As he leans over to slap his wife 

William lands a punch to his father’s temple


No-one is moving in the car 

When the policeman 

Knocks on the driver’s window 

Keith Nunes lives in tiny Pahiatua (New Zealand). He has been nominated for the Best Small Fictions 2019, the Pushcart Prize and won the 2017 Flash Frontier Short Fiction Writing Award. He’s had poetry, haiku, short fiction, Asemic Writing and Foto-Poetry published around the globe.

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