In Case You Missed It

View through a rainy window.There was a window when one could grocery shop without a mask. There was a window after my mother stopped chemo when she felt better, gained a few pounds. The color returned to her face. Mom offered to finally share her secret spice cake recipe, and I said, “Not now, I don’t have a pen,” but the truth was, I thought writing it down would be bad luck. There was a window of adequate rainfall; climate change seemed fixable. There was a window, after you finally left your wife, when if you had called me, I would still have come.


Kim Magowan is the author of How Far I’ve Come (2022), The Light Source (2019), and Undoing (2018). She is the Editor-in-Chief and Fiction Editor of Pithead Chapel. Find out more at

Photo Credit: Dejan Krsmanovic

9 Responses to “In Case You Missed It”

  1. Janos Thanatos says:

    Glad to’ve not missed the chance to peer through the window into this inexorable vignette.

  2. Woo, shivers! Great piece.

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  5. Michelle Wallace says:

    So much expressed in a few words…

  6. A world of stories in so few words…Astonishing! ❤️

  7. Dee Lorraine says:

    I can picture those windows. Well done!

  8. Carrie Kartman says:

    Love this!

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