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Art by Terry Butler 2020

PREPARING THE CHILDREN FOR GRANDMA'S VISIT

by John Grey

 

Don't bring up the past with grandma. Admire, with her, those little-girl black and whites in the photo album, but, when it comes to her youth's prime, bite your tongue . . . just not as hard and deep as her teeth plunged into jugulars.

Don't ask of her prowess with an axe, or predilection for employing skulls as paperweights. Those cookies she rustled up are safe. It's many a year since she baked anything in human blood.

Treat her as the little old lady she is, and not as the monster the newspapers painted. Yes, you can query as to how life is in the assisted-living facility. But, no mention, please, of that home for the criminally insane.

Just be attentive, behave, and kiss her wrinkled cheek as she leaves. And keep in mind, even if she's accompanied by grandpa, she's still your only living grandparent.


John Grey is an Australian poet, U.S. resident. Recently published in That, Dalhousie Review, and North Dakota Quarterly with work upcoming in Qwerty, Chronogram, and failbetter.



Terry Butler lives in the country, near a small town south of San Jose, CA called Hollister. He used to write steadily, publishing both in print and online as Terence Butler, but after some health issues, the energy needed to write seemed to dissipate somewhat. He has been a professional photographer and a painter/collage-assemblage maker for most of his working life, so painting and photo art have taken the place of genre fiction as an outlet. Recently the story “Fire Man” appeared all as a piece in his mind so he simply wrote it down. He sent it to Cindy, and in the ensuing back and forth. They somehow discussed using some of his visual art, too. Cindy is simply the best, and a real stalwart in this little world. She has a big heart and a deep love for animals, too!

In Association with Black Petals & Fossil Publications 2020