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Had I Known

Mikki Aronoff

Had I known you were going to die, I wouldn’t have yanked your curls in second grade or toted your books in seventh. I would not have scrimped for a chip of a diamond, complimented your mother’s puddings, begged your frosty father for your hand. Had you not unfurled under moon’s shimmer our first night wed, I wouldn’t have held your hand and sobbed as they scraped your womb or cried again when you launched our firstborn. I wouldn’t have negotiated the narrow steps to your study, balancing baby, coffees and cake as you wrote your first book, and your next. I would have pulled down that gibbous orb for you, turned myself inside out, left this world first. Had I known.

Mikki Aronoff’s work appears in New World Writing, MacQueen’s Quinterly, Tiny Molecules, HAD, Bending Genres, Milk Candy Review, Gone Lawn, Mslexia, Switch, The Dribble Drabble Review, 100 word story, The Citron Review, Atlas and Alice, trampset, jmww, The Offing, and elsewhere. She’s received Pushcart, Best of the Net, Best Small Fictions, Best American Short Stories, and Best Microfiction nominations.

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