Confession

BY Pedro Ponce


Under questioning, the subject reiterated his innocence.

Under questioning, the subject gummed ice to splinters dense with code belied by their transparency.

Under questioning, the subject predicted outcomes for several nationally televised athletic championships.

Under questioning, the subject recalled the omniscience of birds.

Under questioning, the subject recalled creating birds, the canons of nesting, the air fledging feathers.

Under questioning, the subject rested on the seventh day.

Under questioning, the subject wept for his children.

Under questioning, the subject no longer required a translator.

 

Pedro reads "Confession"


Pedro Ponce is the author of Homeland: A Panorama in 50 States (Seven Kitchens Press) and Superstitions of Apartment Life (Burnside Review Press). His fiction has appeared recently in Gargoyle, A cappella Zoo, and Copper Nickel. He is the recipient of a 2012 National Endowment for the Arts literature fellowship in creative writing. He lives in Canton, NY.