Life of Charlotte

by Tina Barry

Teenage Bride

The bride wore a white polyester gown with a train that extended out the door of the church and down the block. Years later, she blamed the soiled fabric for the failure of her marriage.


Wall of Icons

A wall of icons can be beautiful if you don't look closely at the hands. The hands tell stories of too short lives and unrequited love.



The neighbors gathered around the television to observe the moon do a slow striptease. Having waited so long, the moon wanted its moment in the sun. (The cliché made it laugh.)


Oh, No

She opened the bathroom door and watched the comb and brush jump a part.