Literary Orphans

Family Album by Jayne Martin

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Hair the color of Monroe’s, a martini in one hand, a Marlboro in the other, she sits in silhouette, thoughts swimming in a gin haze; her soul, traded for security, now encased in a stucco box. Behind the house, a train clatters by, rattles windows through which she can see no future. Its 5:00 o’clock whistle beckons her, but there is dinner to be made.

Preserved under yellowing plastic, the black and white image holds time in abeyance, her days having long slipped away.

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Jayne Martin’s work has appeared in Boston Literary Magazine, Midwestern Gothic, Blink Ink, Literary Orphans , Flash Frontier, F(r)iction, Sick Lit, 50-Word Story and Hippocampus. She is the author of “Suitable for Giving: A Collection of Wit with a Side of Wry.” Her television writing credits include movies “Big Spender” for Animal Planet and “A Child Too Many” for Lifetime. Find her at: injaynesworld.blogspot.com and on Twitter @Jayne_Martin.

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–Art by Ashley Holloway