My Ex-Girlfriend Wouldn’t Let Me Celebrate Halloween

Ron Riekki

Photo Credit: Jason Carlin

Our love was apocryphal, apocalyptic, a pox upon thee,
epic, a pick of the week, optic, opulent, obvious,
inoperative, obfuscated, ophthalmological. I just
wanted to go see Dracula at the community college,
but she was battling Satan for our souls. I just
wanted sleep, but she was convinced there were
palindromes in the Qur’an. They all float each
in an orbit. And magnify your Master.
She read
the Onion and thought it was non-fiction. “Ten Years
Later, Cheney Haunted By People He Didn’t Manage
To Kill in Iraq War.”


Ron Riekki has been published in Toasted Cheese, PANK, BluePrintReview, New Ohio Review, and several other journals. His next book is The Way North: Collected Upper Peninsula New Works. “Beautifully edited, The Way North is more than a collection. It is a collaboration of writers, each whom understands in his and her own way what is sacred about that utterly unique, fresh water peninsula known as the U.P.” —Stuart Dybek, author of The Coast of Chicago. Email: ronriekki[at]

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