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Father-Daughter Hands by Todd Dillard

Strangers on the street tell me I am having a baby girl. They do this even when my wife and her swelling belly aren’t there to be deciphered, touched. They say it’s my hands, that if I was having a boy my fingers would curl, forming nascent fists ready to wield footballs, belts, a throat.…

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Miracle Grow by elena felix

I dropped the fertilizer bag on my kitchen floor by accident. Little purple pellets fell everywhere. Some rolled, some bounced. I tried to pick them up. I chased them. I watched them dodging away from me. My cat, Uganda, played with one and her paws started to grow. She stepped on some more and in…