We all sometimes feel how our own stories are no more alive than day-old salt cod.
Come here by the fire where the flame crackles and leaps.
Let the heat work your center line soft and smooth and strong and sweet as freshly pulled salt water taffy.
Tell me your story again.
-- M.S. Rooney and her husband, poet Dan Noreen, live in Sonoma, California. Her work appears in journals, including The Cortland Review, The Laurel Review, Main Street Rag, Other Voices and 3 AM Magazine.