Once upon a time there was a fire in a fireplace, but the man, who was a man from the city and not the country said I want that fire to be big. So he fooled around and the fire went out. Don’t fool around, said the woman, but the man said I want a really big fire, so he added more logs. What do you think? The fire went out. Stop fooling around, said the woman, but the man said I have to fool around with fire — it is my destiny. The next night the woman smiled at the man, as he piled log after log on top of the flames that tried hard to burn bright. He was going to make a really big fire, because he needed to know he could. The woman closed her eyes and thought of the hottest things she could imagine –burned waffles on the sun, and nuclear hot dogs. And of course the fire caught this time. Look said the man, it’s really big now. The woman smiled at the man. They watched the flames crackle late into the night.
Published by Stephanie Barbé Hammer
Stephanie Barbé Hammer is a prose writer, magical realist, and a committed, intermittent poet. A 5-time nominee for the Pushcart Prize she has published work in Hayden's Ferry, Pearl, CRATE, Rhapsoidia, NYCBigCityLit, the East Jasmine Review, Apeiron, Inlandia, Literary Alchemy and the Bellevue Literary Review among other places. Her fabulist novel _The Puppet Turners of Narrow Interior_ appeared in March 2015 with Urban Farmhouse Press. Her poetry collection _How Formal?_ was published in 2014 with Spout Hill Press and her prose poem collection _SEX WITH BUILDINGS_ was published in May 2012 by Dancing Girl Press. Stephanie is addicted to teaching; she taught composition for the first time ever at Edmonds Community College. She is currently managing editor for SHARK REEF literary magazine and trying to make something happen with her second novel manuscript. View all posts by Stephanie Barbé Hammer