KYSO Flash
Knock-Your-Socks-Off Art and Literature
Issue 3: Spring 2015
Haibun: 130 words

Prickly Heat

by Deborah Guzzi

The house, and the ghost of Grandmother, trapped him. Her presence clung with the leftover nicotine to the walls of every room. A childless marriage and a rancid divorce left its bile in the scum atop the kitchen counters—rust-rings on the bathroom’s porcelain. The horse chestnut tree outside the door stood as an overt warning, pelting anyone trying to enter. I disregarded it.

uproots the moss laced lawn:
a pet’s gravestone

With steel wool and a strong arm, I whitewashed the house. Grandmother’s spirit smiled in the spring when new bulbs rose. But, the antique cannon in the front hall still aimed at the door. The man was too used to his darkness. Love was not enough.

are shot on sight:
empties on the stoop

Deborah Guzzi
Issue 3, Spring 2015

is a healing facilitator specializing in Japanese Shiatsu and Reiki. She writes for Massage Magazine and aromatherapy publications. She travels the world to expand her knowledge of healing and to seek writing inspiration. She has walked the Great Wall of China and has visited Nepal (during the civil war), Japan, Egypt (two weeks before “The Arab Spring”), Peru, and France (during December’s terrorist attacks).

Her poetry appears in a range of publications worldwide: here/there:poetry in the UK; Existere: Journal of Arts and Literature in Canada; Tincture Journal in Australia; Cha: An Asian Literary Journal in Hong Kong; Latch Key Tales in New Zealand; and Vine Leaves Literary Journal in Greece. USA publications include Travel by the Books: A Literary Travel Journal; Liquid Imagination; Illumen (Alban Lake Publishing); Sweet Dreams and Night Terrors: An Anthology of Dark Dreamscapes and Seductive Terrors (Silent Fray, July 2014); Dead Snakes; The Literary Hatchet; and others.

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