Microfiction Monday – 172nd Edition

The Painting

by David Henson

As the man admires the cobalt sky and verdant meadow, he notices brush strokes everywhere, even on his arms and legs. He realizes he’s becoming the woman in a painting he once admired. He recalls the woman, though surrounded by beauty, appears horrified. This tension is what makes the painting a work of art. The man is happy to be in the painting and wants to stay there. He tries to fake the look of terror but realizes his countenance is unconvincing and ruins the great painting. The thought horrifies him. The work of art is restored.

On the Wing

by Zylla Black

I was stuffed into a cheap seat, below and behind the second set on the plane, my legs stretched flat before me.  At least I could see the window, over the wing.

In flight, you can sometimes actually see the air as it funnels into channels crafted by human engineering.  I love to watch the wind, the movement of metal feathers.

She was out on the wing.  I blinked; she remained seated on the edge, hair and clothes snagging on the gusts, rimmed in cracking ice as we came out of a cloud.

I wondered how much her ticket cost.


by G.J. Williams

What you’ll see is this: Nijinsky in a straitjacket pirouetting in slo mo to some polyphonic hellbroth remastered for insane times. It’s a romance. There’ll be footage of the grainier kind, lending weight to each hieratic contortion. This’ll be history danced, the world’s psychosis incarnate. There’ll be no voiceover lacking affect, no quoting from diaries and certainly no prolonged silence to indicate the absence or otherwise of God. It’ll be wordless, and as wordless pieces go, it’ll say less than most. It’ll not even be strange.


7 responses

  1. Happy to be a part of this issue. Wonderful cover art!

  2. Hey David, I really enjoyed your story! Have you read ‘Axolotol’ by Julio Cortazar?

    1. Thank you, Julian! I haven’t read the work you mentioned but will check it out.

  3. Kudos to all three authors. In all three stories, I can see each intriguing and engaging scene vividly as if I was in it. Everything about them is excellent, especially the killer last sentence in each. The resolutions are just perfect. Superb.

  4. Yes indeed, your comment much appreciated, Wendy.

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