To My Stepson

John Brantingham
The Journal of Radical Wonder
2 min readJun 5, 2022

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Flash Nonfiction by Carrie Hawthorne

Photograph by Jane Edberg, copyright 2022, all rights reserved.

I wasn’t there that day on the beach. In the photo, your Fruit of the Loom underwear is showing. You must have left your suit at home and dove in wearing basketball shorts. Classic you. Too thin but still flexing your muscles. That wild grin. Judging by the massive cross around your neck, it was during your Jesus phase. I was probably at home, resenting you for taking your father away from me for the…

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John Brantingham
The Journal of Radical Wonder

Former Poet Laureate of Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks: Education. Nature. Art. Marriage. Nomading. Check out my latest books at johnbrantingham.com.