Diane Payne

The Fish

We break up a piece of bread and place the crumbs in each bowl. “They’ll jump out of those bowls trying to grab that bread. I hope you saved us enough slices of bread for your lunches tomorrow.” She sighs heavily, then stands on a chair and starts scrounging around in the cupboards. “Here, take this old pickle jar. We need those bowls for breakfast. What kind of people think giving kids a fish is a prize? Ain’t no prize for me.”
Diane Payne

Diane Payne

Diane Payne is the author of Burning Tulips (Red Hen Press) and has been published in hundreds of literary journals, most recent publications include: Watershed Review, Tishman Review, Whiskey Island, Kudzu House Quarterly, Superstition Review, and Cheat River Review. She is the MFA Director at University of Arkansas-Monticello.