I think of the children who will never know, intuitively, that a flower is a plant’s way of making love, or what silence sounds like, or that trees breathe out what we breathe in.
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Samuel J Adams lives in Solano County, California, more than eight hundred miles from the nearest groundhog. His fiction has appeared in Ruminate, DIAGRAM, and Moon City Review.
When he tired of talking, he’d slap a red, hand-shaped conclusion to the quarrel onto my face, pressing his brand upon me, the mark that labeled me as his.