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The Dagwood stack of bills

was like a five-hundred-pound weight

he carried around inside him.


He was the provider—

the head of the home—

his wife the heart,

whose beat made it bearable.


He saw in his son’s eyes

not understanding,

but innocence,

and he was encouraged,

for he saw the future—

bright in its fluidity.


About the Author

imageSarah Richards is thirty-four years old, and lives in Pensacola, Florida, with her husband and three-year-old daughter.

Sarah (under the surname Hannan) is a member of the local writers’ group, WriteOn! Pensacola, and writes on an as-needed, volunteer basis for the Gulf Coast Kid’s House.

Sarah won “Honorable Mention” in the Saturday Evening Post’s “Great American Short Story Contest”, and was published in the 2016 anthology.

Sarah is currently a student of Pensacola State College, pursuing her dream of working in a cold hospital rather than a hot kitchen.

You can follow Sarah and her work at @SarahLeaSales on Twitter.

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