Springtime Blues

by Janet Thorning

Late spring, mom’s allergies were in full swing. She was sneezing and coughing. It was a dry cough, a familiar cough, so none of us thought anything of it. It wasn’t until she started coughing up marble sized chunks of blood that we knew something was terribly wrong. Dad took her to the doctor; three weeks later she was diagnosed with lung cancer. Three months after the diagnosis, we buried her.


Janet Thorning lives in Toronto, Ontario, with her husband and three children. Janet is currently working on her first poetry chapbook and her first novel, and she has recently published in The Rambler, Arabesques Review, and 971 Menu.