Photo Story: The Gurney

hospitalbedNovember spreads its grayness across sticky sidewalks as acrid smoke from burn barrels warms frigid hands and stings sleep-weary eyes. Winos huddle warily, knowing tempers can flare as quickly as last week’s newspapers tossed in the fires. On the streets, a life is worth a pint of Mad Dog. Desperate men sell their butts for a drink. Women trade crotches for warm huddles under blankets. Robert the Shank holds jagged metal to a girl’s throat. Bettie slams a bottle against his ear. He cuts her bad. An ambulance takes her to county. She smiles, bleeding, thinking of a clean bed.


Jeff Switt is a retired advertising agency guy who loves writing flash fiction—some days to curb his angst, other days to fuel it. His words have been featured at Dogzplot, Boston Literary Review, Flash Fiction World, Nailpolish Stories, 50-Word Stories, Shortbread Stories, A Story in 100 Words, and Shotgun Honey.

Photo Credit: Tamara Kane

2 Responses to “Photo Story: The Gurney”

  1. Eric says:

    Gritty story! My favorite of the month. Excellent tale and wonderful use of literary devices. Jeff Switt, you are talented and a pleasure to read. Thank you for sharing your gifts.

  2. Krystyna Fedosejevs says:

    Congratulations, Jeff!

    Brilliant writing as always; so many images in perfectly chosen words in compact space.

    Well done indeed.


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