At the Reading Terminal Fish Market
A colorblind girl looks for her mother.
She crawls behind a bucket of fish heads and
and scans for the satin shoes with leather straps,
the ones she had seen daddy give her as a
Halloween present- an orange and black eyesore
to most of the shoppers, hoof beats like
tiny horses clip-clop-clip-clop-clip-clopping
around the live lobster tank,
past the Chilean sea bass chunks,
scuffing the parquet floor,
kicking at the stray that wandered
in sniffing gurry, stuck deciding
between butterfish and tilapia as
her daughter leaps forward to
catch the kitten under the table.
Benjamin DeVos lives in Philadelphia, and attends Temple University as a creative writing student. His work is forthcoming in Buffalo Almanack, Bop Dead City, the Newer York, and more.
Jim and Alex Ross are father and son. Jim recently retired after a long career as a public health researcher and is focusing on using his long-neglected right brain. Alex is a nurse and Lieutenant in the United States Public Health Service Corps who recently began his first assignment at the Clinical Center at the National Institutes of Health.