Tightrope Love

by Lorette C. Luzajic

Whipped in white, and wavering, I wade toward the one who wants to tame me. I keep my eyes on his wobbling top hat and think about cake. This too, will fall to pieces, crash below the canopy and into the real world. There will be a few precarious thrills to weather first, before our fall from glory: the tiger cage, the trapeze of desire. And then, he will be a vanishing act and I will be Enormous Norma on the carousel, fattened on corn dogs and cotton candy. The sideshow, juggling clowns.


Lorette C. Luzajic's flash fiction and prose poetry is widely published, recently in Cabinet of Heed, JMWW, Unbroken, Ghost Parachute, Tiny Molecules, and New Flash Fiction Review. She won first place in a flash contest at MacQueen’s Quinterly, was longlisted for Australia’s Furious Fiction, and has been nominated several times for Best of the Net and the Pushcart Prize. She is the editor of The Ekphrastic Review, a journal devoted to literature inspired by art. She is also a visual artist working in mixed media, with collectors in 25 countries.