Tender Yellow Summer Flower

by Jill Pertler

He delighted in picking wild dandelions. Brought them, beaming to his mother. She loved dandelions. Because he did. A curb, a car, a crash. She scatters dandelions on his grave.


Jill Pertler's essays and fiction have been recognized by Writer’s Digest (Annual Competition) and Women on Writing. "Mother’s Love," a short story, appears in the 2009 Talking Stick anthology. Her syndicated column, "Slices of Life," is published in newspapers throughout Minnesota. Her website is here.