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SHJ Issue 17
Fall 2017

In a Short While

by Vern Fein

A sudden storm blew our backyard askew,

our oldest daughter called about her broken heart,

an inheritance check came from my dead Father, 

we chose to vacation on a beach,

our friend’s spouse died jogging,

our youngest daughter said yes in Belize. 

And just today, 
stirring songs of worship on Sunday morning,
our grandson’s pet lizard died.

He cried a lot.
We bought a rat.


SHJ Issue 17
Fall 2017

Vern Fein

has published poems in *82 Review, The Literary Nest, Silver Birch Press, Rat’s Ass Review, Bindweed Magazine, Gyroscope Review, Spillwords, VerseWrights, VietNam War Poetry, Ibis Head Review, Spindrift, Former People, and The Write Launch; has non-fiction pieces in Quail Bell and The Write Place at the Write Time; and has a short story in Goddard College’s online magazine Duende.

“...we have been born here to witness and celebrate. We wonder at our purpose for living. Our purpose
is to perceive the fantastic. Why have a universe if there is no audience?” — Ray Bradbury