I’m sorry. I don’t deserve to live.

by

Clara Ray Rusinek Klein

Lifting the attic trapdoor,
I see grandpa’s boots dangling,
the chair tumbled,
the rafter bowed, splintered
where rope holds weight.

Inside the envelope,
a yellowing photo:
a jackbooted officer saluting.

Scrawled words:

Es tut mir leid. Ich verdiene es nicht zu leben.


Clara Ray Rusinek Klein is bilingual in Spanish and English. She holds a BA magna cum laude in Political Science with a minor in Religious Studies. Ms. Klein is an internationally published creative writer, author, and editor, and the founder and Editor in Chief of A Quiet Courage, an online journal of microfiction and poetry in 100 words or less. A Quiet Courage was named among the twelve best literary journals of 2015 by Authors Publish Magazine, just over eight months after its founding. Ms. Klein is a two-time 100 Word Story photo story winner, with her one-hundred-word stories Defector and Airport Shuttle. Her one-hundred-word story Ostdeutschland was chosen as an Editor’s Pick on Postcard Shorts. For more information and a full list of current publications: clararayrusinekklein.wordpress.com.

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