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Issue 13: May 2022
Microfiction: 202 words
By Roberta Beary

Right as Rain


The rubber was doing the dead man’s float in the bowl. He pulled the chain and said maybe it broke but I’d be all right. He pointed to the bloody sheet and laughed. Said I’d bled something fierce, same as his girlfriend. Girlfriend?

Later I was late. His friend’s missus would see me right as rain and not to worry, he’d drive me.


On the way it’s pouring. We pass a dead cat. Its mouth open, the white fur matted.

You’ll be all right, he says as he drives off. Before I ring the bell, the big red door opens.


She strips off her gloves. I sit up. Say, can I rest a minute? She shakes her head. Points to the fancy toilet.

You’re not quite done. Have a good sit-down, and when everything’s right as rain, knock on the door and I’ll help you.

Her posh accent doesn’t fool me. Still, I settle my bottom on cold porcelain. Close my eyes so I can’t see it. But I do, right there and when I get home. Every day after and every night except for when I’m asleep. Lying in the road, its mouth open to the rain.

—From the author’s book-in-progress, a collection of fiction (micro and flash): The Years Go By in Single File

Roberta Beary’s
Issue 13, May 2022

second collection of short poems, Carousel, is co-winner of the Snapshot Press 2019 book award contest. Her first short-form collection, The Unworn Necklace, received a finalist book award from the Poetry Society of America. Her collection of prose poetry, Deflection (Accents Publishing, 2015), was named a National Poetry Month Best Pick by Washington Independent Review of Books.

Long-time haibun editor of Modern Haiku, Ms. Beary is also co-editor of Wishbone Moon: An Anthology of Haiku by Women (Jacar Press, 2018), and she recently judged the Sable Books Haiku Contest for Women Book Award.

Her writing has appeared in Rattle, KYSO Flash, 100 Word Story, Cultural Weekly, Beltway Poetry Quarterly, and The New York Times, and is also featured in A Companion to Poetic Genre (John Wiley & Sons, 2011) and Haiku In English: The First Hundred Years (W. W. Norton, 2013).

Ms. Beary lives in the west of Ireland with her husband, Frank Stella, and tweets her photoku and micro-poetry on Twitter [at] shortpoemz.

Author’s website: https://robertabeary.com/news/

More on the Web: By, About, and Beyond

Featured Guest: Roberta Beary on Rattlecast 133 hosted by Tim Green, editor of Rattle poetry journal (YouTube, 28 February 2022)

Featured Author: Roberta Beary in MacQueen’s Quinterly (Issue 12, March 2022)

Roberta Beary, haiku poet and editor, on writing Haibun, interview with Mike Rehling, editor of Failed Haiku (YouTube, 8 February 2021)

Tiny Love Stories in The New York Times (8 January 2019); scroll five stories down the page for Roberta Beary’s “Now It’s All Fresh Fish” and her photograph of lobster traps in Clew Bay, Ireland.

The art of brevity, an interview by Ciara Moynihan in Mayo News (22 January 2019)

Lunch Break, a haibun by Beary in Rattle (#56, Summer 2017), Tribute to Poets with Mental Illness; includes audio (17 July 2017)

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