“Words can never empty their pockets.”
—James Joist

bassinet: return from a fishing trip with a baby   

crochet: to use the same rejoinder many times  

depict: the vanishing point of orchard ladders  

frolic: the curved tip on soft-serve ice cream

gargle: to monster up in a mirror  

kiss: to dream forward   

ladybug: a small car suddenly sprouting wings   

palaver: awakened by a dog in the face   

refrigerator: night light in a suggestion box   

tally: nothing seen above grass but the wagging

Daryl Scroggins lives in Marfa, Texas. He is the author of This Is Not the Way We Came In, a collection of flash fiction and a flash novel (Ravenna Press). His poems and fictions have recently appeared in Aji Magazine, Blink-Ink, MacQueen’s Quinterly, MoonPark Review, and Quarterly West, among others.One of his fictions has been included in Best Microfiction 2020.

See more of his work in 10.2 and 10.2 and 10.2 and 10.2 and 8.3 and 8.3 and 8.3 and 7.2 and 7.2 again and 6.2 and 6.2 and 6.2 again and in Special Flash issue 50/50 here and here

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