KYSO Flash
Knock-Your-Socks-Off Art and Literature
Issue 9: Spring 2018
CNF: 90 words

Apology to the Homeless Man in Downtown Indianapolis

by Melanie Dunbar

The wind is biting bare skin. Below zero, the tender parts of my ears and cheeks stiffen with cold. I am freezing and starving until I see you bare-chested on concrete, old winter coat unzipped. I imagine myself frozen to the steps. It makes me want to shake my purse upside down—rain checkbooks, Band-aids, spare change over the sidewalk. I want to go to the ATM, make it shoot out twenties like Skee-Ball tickets. Buy you cheeseburgers, and mittens, and fifths.


Melanie Dunbar
Issue 9, Spring 2018

tends flowers for a living. She writes her best poetry while weeding someone else’s garden. Her poems can be found in Sweet: A Literary Confection, Gargoyle, and elsewhere. She lives in Southwest Michigan with her family and their rooster, Mr. Beautiful.

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