Dangerous Excavation

by Meg Pokrass

A middle-aged psychiatrist wants to unearth the actual woman from a deep hole in which she lives. How lovely and strange you are, he tries not to say to her, while she is lounging on the sofa in his office. He stares out the window, looking for one bright red bird. Wonders aloud, "Who, then, is the real Minnie Parkinson? And why the hell does she wear such terrible purple glasses?" He wonders these things, in his securely married way.


Meg Pokrass is the author of eight flash fiction collections. She is the Founding and Managing Editor of Best Microfiction.