Toward an Impossible How-To or The Wishing Well
Mackenzie Suess

Please include short answers in the lines provided. For Yes/No questions, circle the response you feel is most representative.

Would a mother bring a girl back to life,

	Y // N

and how

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would a mother un-ghost a daughter,

	Y // N

and would it happen in a well—the one choiced and drawn and dug on a husband’s father’s father’s father’s stone-walled property, or the deep hollow found on a mother’s mother’s cousin’s mother’s sister’s saturated earth—where voices redouble but fail to surface from the fall, from the water-wash mirror?

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Who fails, the woman or the girl,

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and would a girl’s recovery be attempted with the pulley, the bucket and the rope measured overlong, the rope unwieldy, the rope fraying and chafing skin raw?

	Y // N

Would the woman’s wrists burn and crack if she leveraged her weight against the well’s, hefted but hid her eyes from the darkened reflection?

	Y // N

Would she consider the endeavor clandestine?

	Y // N

Would her arms feel weak from exertion or fear?

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What would the woman fear?

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Would she name the attempt, the impossible task, “kill and resurrect”?

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Would the un-ghosting of a girl succeed from the hanging wet rise suspension toward air afforded by the mother, her quaking arms, her sweating thighs, or not at all?

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If returned, would a girl dry like a dress on a clothesline, drawn up from the saturated earth in the kind of birth her mother had wished?

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Would the mother wish?

	Y // N

Would she tell?

	Y // N

Would she un-ghost a girl who remained and redoubled in her own discarded hollows, her saturated earth,

	Y // N

and how?

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Mackenzie Suess is a writer and editor based in Denver. Her work has
 appeared or is forthcoming in Flash Fiction Online, Sundog Lit, Typehouse
Literary Magazine, and elsewhere. She has been awarded grants and
 fellowships to write, teach, and present her work globally, and currently
 teaches writing workshops at the University of Colorado-Boulder.
 www.mackenziesuess.com