Jack

By Chad Hanson

Jack bought a waterbed and filled it with a hose from the front yard. Every two minutes he shut off the water and added a bottle of whiskey. He thought the sauce might help his back, the way a shot settles his nerves. The whiskey didn’t help his spine, but each night, on the new bed, he dreamed that he became a giant. Roaming the neighborhood. Laughing. He didn’t feel it when he stepped on anyone.


Chad Hanson serves as Chairman of the Department of Sociology & Social Work at Casper College. His creative nonfiction titles include Swimming with Trout (University of New Mexico Press, 2007) and Trout Streams of the Heart (Truman State University Press, 2013). His collection of poems, Patches of Light, won the Meadowhawk Prize (Red Dragonfly Press, 2014). For more information, visit: www.chadhanson.org.