Lost Cause by Sarah A. Etlinger
Cut down one tree and replace it with a wishing well deep as the night and dark as a raven’s love. Count how many birds you find, either in the city, or elsewhere. Write the number down on your palm, or an old sock, or at the bottom of a glass and tell your husband your lover a wayward, lonely ant a stray dog Did you know that today I saw 23 birds, and not a single one was alone?
Sarah A. Etlinger (she/her) is an English professor who lives in Milwaukee, WI. A Pushcart and Best of the Net nominee, she's the author of 3 books. Current interests include cooking, baking, and spending time near Lake Michigan. Find her work and updates on Twitter (@drsaephd) or at www.sarahetlinger.com.