Fall 2005

Happy Endings

Lately, I've been reading short stories that are so bleak they make me want to throw myself in front of a train. With the darkness of November approaching, I thought that perhaps offering you more depressing reading would not be prudent, so for this issue of Reflections on Water I searched out happy stories, poems and images. Not happy as in the von Trapps skipping hand in hand through the alpine meadows tearing up flowers and throwing them in the air. No, not that kind of happy. What I offer you here are poems and stories with upbeat endings. The beginnings, and even some of the middles of these pieces, may make you want to pull an Anna Karenina, but they all end on a positive note; conflicts are met, hope lurks, and our lack of faith in humanity is temporarily suspended. I hope you enjoy this issue.

Michelle Read