“The First Humans”

They must be sitting or maybe squatting by the meager fire, primitive smoke lifting into air, mingling with the fog that surrounds the muddy river. It is hard to say at this distance if they are cooking something or simply reaching their hands into the warmth, hard to say how old they are, if they are male or female, or even the precise number. The sky looms ancient above them, low-slung and gray with the brooding of first light, and the slow gesture of the current seems somehow sentient, moving out in its eternal passage. Then the mattress sinks when I step away from the window and sit beside where you are sleeping, your naked shoulders exposed above the sheet, and I see your eyes come open, your lips part, and what makes their way into the air are the first words.

Related Posts
Filter by
Post Page
Flash Audio Series Essays/Articles (all) Advice / Suggestions Featured Fiction New Fiction Fiction Craft Reviews
Sort by

Flash Audio Series: “The First Humans”

2015-05-18 10:19:36
ramspeck

18

“On the Duty of Writers”

It isn’t much. One might say, as Faulkner claimed, that we have a duty to unearth the truths of the human h
2019-02-20 13:28:37
jbernste

8

” Road to Remembering: The Research and Reason Behind Remembering Sophia Jane”

I begin to stutter and babble at the same simple question, a question I know is coming; “What is Remembering S
2019-01-23 09:00:13
sarahacan

8

“Make It Fun”

Free write. Write with one color in mind. Write with one smell in mind. Write a four-line prose poem. Write a
2018-08-08 09:36:34
mkrainey

8

“Tweaking Personhood”

“How many of you are interested in volunteering for algorithm-tweaking?” asked Jim, the division manager. “And let me
2018-06-06 09:42:17
raburton

8

“Little Roy’s Roving Reptile Zoo”

Little Roy is not so little, never slim like us serpents, and bigger in the britches since the Reptile Zoo pulled up
2018-05-02 17:48:32
jepowell

8

“Qualia”

Raising my children has taught me how to apply critical thinking to a variety of situations, not the least of
2018-04-22 12:00:20
drkarenjoyyahoo-com

8

Review of Daddy Issues by Alex McElroy

Daddy Issues, reviewed by Alex McElroy, published by The Cupboard Alex
2017-11-08 09:53:57
tdean33

8

“Playing on the Ladder with Micro-Fiction”

It was a precocious high school freshman who introduced me to the adorable boxed set of flash fiction published by
2017-02-09 16:54:08
khenderson

8

“Under the Biome: T.C. Boyle’s The Terranauts Review”

There were times when reading The Terranauts where I felt like I had read this story before. It
2016-11-08 00:07:58
petite

8

Doug Ramspeck

About Doug Ramspeck

Doug Ramspeck is the author of six poetry collections and one collection of short stories. His most recent book, Black Flowers, is forthcoming by LSU Press. Individual poems and stories have appeared in journals that include The Kenyon Review, The Southern Review, Slate, and The Georgia Review. His short story collection, The Owl That Carries Us Away, is published by BkMk Press (University of Missouri-Kansas City). He teaches at The Ohio State University at Lima.