?by Sonia B. SyGaco
The neighbors curled beneath their blankets, waited until the rhythm of anger from the flashing lights and thunder?s cursing abated, heard the first cry of an infant. The husband, an albularyo (folk healer) must have cut the umbilical cord and tied it into a knot. The wife exhausted from such strenuous labor, eyes now closed. The day had been unkind to her, the unbearable pain, brim of death. The linen soiled with sweat and blood. With the neonate in his arms, he knew exactly the distinct features, the commonality. Again, he looked at the daughter who gave life for the fifth time.
Obsessed with mirrors, labyrinth, and hour glass, Sonia B. SyGaco loves weaving phenomenal events. She holds an M.A. in Creative Writing from Silliman University in the Philippines.
Richard Edwards has a BFA in Creative Writing and Journalism from Bowling Green State University and an M.S. in Education from the University of Akron. Managing editor of Drunk Duck, poetry editor for Prairie Margins, reporter for Miscellany, Akron Journal, Lorain Journal, and The BG News. He has also worked as a professional writer and editor in the medical publishing industry for several years. For the last 15 years Richard has also taught literature and writing at the secondary and post-secondary levels. He works much of the time with at-risk students.