I think of the children who will never know, intuitively, that a flower is a plant’s way of making love, or what silence sounds like, or that trees breathe out what we breathe in.
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Devin Murphy lives in Chicago and teaches creative writing at Bradley University. He is the author of the novels The Boat Runner and Tiny Americans, and his stories have appeared in the Chicago Tribune, Glimmer Train, The Missouri Review, and Michigan Quarterly Review.
I’ve read about a new creature called a “coywolf” — the offspring of a coyote and a timber wolf. That must have been what I saw. Waiting for it to reappear gives me something to do.