back to her senses.
High stepping in the living room with Buck-Stove warmed hands
to match her heart, free from fret, she feeds an old goldfish
rescued from a contaminated pond during summer vacation.
Coffee temps perfect with a touch of fresh cream as snow and
slivers of light beckon her to the kitchen window aglow with silver
strands of wonder and a white-tailed deer. They lock eyes.
Safe and secure, the deer bows her head to nose nature. A beautiful
stillness calms a mind—sanity tested—by the scariest animal of all,
Deana Nantz holds an MFA from Eastern Kentucky University's Blue Grass Writer's studio where she teaches composition and modern drama. Her chapbook, Fits of Wrath and Irony, published by Finishing Line Press is available on Amazon. Her flash fiction "Blanched" received Fiction Southeast's Editor's prize. Her work has appeared in The Southern Women's Review, Fiddleblack, and other literary journals.