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Volume 32 | Issue 2 | 2018

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From "Green Mojave" (pp. 42-43)

by Michael Mullen

One day, she told the class, the Creator was watching some children playing in a village. Though the children were laughing and singing, the Creator grew sad, because he thought childhood is so fleeting, so fast. Soon enough, these children will grow old. Their skin will become wrinkled, their hair will turn gray, and they will no longer be able to run and play like they do now. Even the wonderful flowers—yellow and pink, red and purple—will fade, along with the leaves from the trees. Everything eventually withers and dies, and it made the Creator very sad. So he thought, what if I could preserve all of those colors? It would gladden my heart to give something beautiful to the children, something they could look at and enjoy.

So the Creator took out his bag and started gathering things. A spot of sunlight, a handful of blue from the sky, the yellow of a falling leaf, the shadow of a playing child, the green of the pine needles, the chestnut brown of a girl’s beautiful hair, and the red, purple, orange and pink of the flowers around him. All of these things he put into his bag, shaking and combining them. He walked over to where the children were playing and handed it to them. “Look inside,” he said. “I made something just for you.”

The children opened the bag and hundreds of colorful butterflies flew out, dancing around their heads and settling on their hair. The children smiled and laughed and jumped with excitement because they had never seen anything so beautiful. And this finally made the Creator very happy.

About Concho River Review

Begun by novelist and short-story writer Dr. Terry Dalrymple in 1987, Concho River Review is a biannual literary journal published by the Department of English and Modern Languages at Angelo State University. Since its inception, CRR has prided itself on publishing some of the finest short fiction, nonfiction, and poetry from both emerging and established authors. Although originally designed as a forum for Texas writers, over the years its reach and interests have extended well beyond Texas and the Southwest.