“Dandelions,” by Kate Barss
Appeared in Catapult, March 16th, 2018
328 words, although the magazine’s guidelines say a minimum of 500 words
Not my usual kind of thing, but I was won over by the elegance of the dandelion imagery, the way it suggests the character’s newfound freedom from relationships with men. The fact that the mother is gardening (probably cursing every dandelion she sees) is very apt.