KYSO Flash
Knock-Your-Socks-Off Art and Literature
Issue 3: Spring 2015
Haibun Story: 187 words [R]

No Netflix

by Dan Gilmore

She: Did a Netflix come?

He: Not today.

She: What’s coming next?

He: Elegy. It’s the story of a man in love with a woman’s breasts. She has to have a double mastectomy.

She: I read where a seventy-year-old woman in India had twins.

He: The baseball game’s rained out.

She: I mean how many eggs can one woman have, anyway?

He: Second day in a row. Now they’ll have to have two double headers.

She: I read that brown eggs aren’t any healthier than white ones.

He: Puts a lot of strain on the pitching staff.

She: Breasts?

He: Yeah, double header.

She: No, I mean the name of the next Netflix?

He: Elegy.

She: This is good.

He: What?

She: I don’t know. Just, you know, talking like this. No Netflix.

He: We’re not cancelling Netflix.

She: This is nice though.

He: What?

She: Talking like this.

He: Want another?

She: Sure.

He: Gin or Vodka?

She: Gin, a double.... When does that breast one come?

He: Tomorrow maybe. But there’s a double header.

clusters of wet leaves
as cars speed by

—Adapted from “No Netflix,” which appears in Gilmore’s collection of lineated poems Love Takes a Bow (Imago Press, 2010)

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