“Cow Dog and Swift”

I often wonder the worth of food, the midday meal, the tiresome dinner, the dog in the backyard. My wife May has fattened the beast up – a Great Dane exercised to extreme, made to be our cow. The kid loves the cow dog, calls it Mabel, treasures gorging the thing. She doesn’t understand our family predicament, but eats and eats and eats. The kid eats beyond comprehension; so she must understand, I will force comprehension upon her. Today is the dog’s day to become shredded beef and steak, to meet my long, curved knife; the kid will eat well, dine on the fine meat, burgeon on. Eventually the kid’s turn on the chopping block will come. We have read Jonathan Swift, treat his words as biblical – Swift was an honest, correct prophet.


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Steven Stam

About Steven Stam

Steven Stam is English Teacher, Writer, and Track/Cross Country coach from Jacksonville, Florida. Steven has a MA in English Literature from the University of North Florida and a BA in English from the University of Florida. He writes primarily flash fiction, believing the model fits modern society’s desire for instant gratification. His work can be found in Gravel Magazine, the Winter 2013 issue of Emerge Literary Journal, the East Jasmine Review, and he will soon be appearing on Fiction Southeast.