Midwest Winter Wonderland

Fly Like Paperie

Akron, OH, US


This is an imagined scene from my backyard where it was cold and snowy when this prompt arrived, but quite lovely, too.

At dusk sometimes, I spot a fox tuck under the neighbors shed. Some nights, I hear the call of an owl. I like to imagine they’re friends who run into each other while hunting for mice in the back field. Maybe one snowy night they spot a snowman our family built and it’s that dinner’s discussion. “It’s a sn-who-man.” Fox couldn’t say it. His mouth was full.