Jeffrey H. MacLachlan has recent work in New Ohio Review, Columbia Journal, the minnesota review, among others. He teaches literature at Georgia College & State University. He can be followed on Twitter @jeffmack.
We were the oldest boys in class and when the Finger Lakes froze into a clenched fist we rattled stumps with sleds and bullied snow back to heaven. We unleashed snarling boasts while blasting each other into banks of lake effect. Kick your mama's breast milk right out of your gut. Your arms are just too slow to dethrone the champ. We'd hip check during driveway hockey so pavement felt like a sucker punch. Burger King crowns proved that we were rightful heirs. After dark, young deer strutted among snow fort shadows, scouting future adversaries. We stared right back.
JEFFREY H. MACLACHLAN