Honorable Mention – Flash 405, June 2021: “Alchemy”
Dear Doctor Frankenstein,
I hope this letter finds you well. I see that you share an office with a chiropractor. Perhaps you are starting over again. I know what it is like to be misunderstood.
When I dropped by yesterday, it was raining cats and dogs. The receptionist said you weren’t in. Of course not. Lightning is your bread and butter.
I have tried harnessing power from the simple outlets in my apartment but it is not enough. When I come to, sometimes my hair is standing on end, but that’s all.
I have trouble making friends and struggle with constipation. I dream about more than sixteen milliamps. Only you have the lab for that.
I have seen other doctors and had to flee before they called security. I do not have to be a new Prometheus. I just want to be at ease among others at backyard barbecues, for example.
This is just lovely and hilarious. It also gives an actual literal voice to “You Know Who” who has gone on to create a life for themself to the point where they are engaged in therapeutic letter-writing. It’s the “if you could write a letter to…” your parent, your ex, the complicated relationship person.
Ronald Koertge is the current poet laureate of South Pasadena, California.
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