“Win One For the Man, John” at Foundling Review

I wrote a piece I kinda love and I want to share it with you all. It’s called “Win One for the Man, John”.

The kind folks at Foundling Review have it featured in their December 2013 issue.  Thank you to them for giving it a great home.

A small excerpt:

We used to go down to Lake Elmo and catch catfish. You gutted, I cooked; I could never stand the blood and entrails. We’d get drunk and skip stones. You never talked a lot except when you drank. But when you really did talk, folks listened. I sure wish I would have. Because I didn’t know you were telling me the truth that day.

I got nothin left for me here, you said. Soon, I’m breakin ground, kid.

Where you gonna go, John?

Anywhere that doesn’t have my name on it. Anywhere that ain’t easy.

Your voice—soft and calm. I never took you seriously until you filled out the paperwork. Enlisted like you were such a badass motherfucker. You even got that skinhead haircut. That time at the lake, one of the last times, I remember you glancing at the sky and asking for rain. I had a bite but I never reeled it in.

If you read one piece of mine this year, make this one it. Do iiiiit. For this (wo)man.

Go to here and read.

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    Michael Gillan Maxwell

    December 10, 2013 at 6:18 pm

    That is one HEAVY DUTY story Jules. Sad, intense, compelling ~ Very well done!

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