KYSO Flash
Knock-Your-Socks-Off Art and Literature
Issue 6: Fall 2016
Prose Poem: 107 words

Casual Revision

by C.C. Russell

I want to write a story where we end differently, a story that breaks open the if-onlys and leaves only the sheer mathematics of if-thens.

Tonight, you asked me if I wished when we saw the star falling. I said no, said “Wishes never come true.” This was unnecessarily melodramatic, but it makes for a decent story. There, the two of us—this simple exchange, the histories implied.

This, then, is how I will write of us. An ironic snippet—romantic in only the most foolish sense of the word. And quick. A blink-and-you’ll-miss-it sort of fling. A so very short story. A sentence, only.

C.C. Russell’s
Issue 6, Fall 2016

poetry has appeared in The New York Quarterly, Hazmat Review, Grasslimb, and Rattle among others. His short fiction has been published in The Meadow, Oyster Boy Review, KYSO Flash, and Microfiction Monday Magazine.

Russell currently lives in Wyoming with his wife, daughter, and two cats. In the past, he has lived in Ohio and New York. He holds a BA in English from the University of Wyoming and was the editor of their Owen Wister Review. He has held jobs in vocations ranging from hotel maintenance to dive bar DJ to retail management.

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