KYSO Flash
Knock-Your-Socks-Off Art and Literature
Issue 5: Spring 2016
Haibun: 152 words

The Feast of St. Patrick

by Roberta Beary

We’re standing on the corner waiting for the parade. Our green school cardigans are unbuttoned and we’ve both taken off our tights. It’s that warm. I want to tell Kathleen that Spring came early this year even if it’s still three days away. But I don’t. Kathleen’s in a mood. I can tell because her eyes flicker from blue to green. Father Flynn, our parish priest, is known for the same parlor trick. Which is weird and a bit creepy. Speak of the devil. Here’s Father Flynn, walking this way. Kathleen scowls. Don’t look so fierce, I add. You know he can get you into Georgetown. Kathleen looks at me, daring me to say more. I think about telling her. Saying those two words. I know. I don’t though. I may be her best friend. But I’m nobody’s fool.

shamrock day
a green balloon lifts
the sky

—Finalist in the KYSO Flash Triple-F Writing Challenge

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