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There's a Sizzling Sun

Nora Nadjarian

There’s this frazzled brain, this angry man who lives here, walking barefoot on hot tarmac,

shouting I’ll kill the son-of-a-bitch and the whole street melts. And the whole street listens

from air-conditioned rooms, opens and closes whirring fridges, sips lemon and lime drinks,

fizz bubbles popping out of long, cool glasses. There’s this parched mouth, there’s this man

running, and when he reaches the palm tree, he takes out a knife and starts stabbing the trunk, stabbing the air, stabbing the red T-shirt, the balloon, the fallen, bewildered, pink candy-floss.

Nora Nadjarian is a poet and writer from Cyprus. Her short fiction has appeared in, among

others, Sand JournalFRiGGMoonPark Review and Lunate and was chosen for

Wigleaf’s Top 50 Very Short Fictions of 2022 (selected by Kathy Fish).

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