His mother spray-painted a ten speed and chained it to the
guardrail where he died. At first real flowers, then plastic.
Yesterday, another white bike appeared, near where a deer
died, impaled on a high fence. Cyclists passed. Parks &
Rec pulled up with a pitchfork in a flatbed truck. The
carcass with long eyelashes fell.
Tracy Mishkin is a call center veteran with a PhD and an MFA student in Creative Writing at Butler University. Her chapbook, I Almost Didn’t Make It to McDonald’s, was published by Finishing Line Press in 2014. Her work has appeared recently in Hartskill Review, Little Patuxent Review, and The Quotable. She doesn’t tweet, but she has a website.