Letter from the editor. Darcie Friesen Hossack

Even as we present this, our Pandemic Issue, the attention of WordCity Literary Journal’s editors is very much turned towards Ukraine. Our hearts are with her people and her president, united in hope for peace, freedom and continued democracy. Our May 2022 issue, featuring a human rights theme, will be presented in honour of Ukraine.Continue reading “Letter from the editor. Darcie Friesen Hossack”

Hypoxic Hours. non-fiction by Anjum Wasim Dar

Hypoxic Hours “Mama, do you know what happened to you, a few minutes ago ?”Speechless and numb, I stared at my elder daughter Sara. Her  pale face, reflected grave concern. Something had happened, for I felt my clothes were wet. I was sitting on the edge of the bed, in a daze, my mind foggy.Continue reading “Hypoxic Hours. non-fiction by Anjum Wasim Dar”

A Spark in the Ashes. non-fiction by Anjum Wasim Dar

A Spark in the Ashes “From the ashes a fire shall be woken” — J.R.Tolkien. J.R.Tolkien’s poetic expression stirred the ashes in the sorrowful soul, blew them away a bit, and began to awaken the saddened muse, still in shock from the killing wave of Covid -19. It had struck harshly, crashing like a hurricaneContinue reading “A Spark in the Ashes. non-fiction by Anjum Wasim Dar”

Bussing for Your Lives. fiction by Sylvia Petter

Bussing for Your Lives I’d been to visit a cousin on Lake Constance close to the Austrian border. He was an anti-vaxxer. My best friend had also gone down the rabbit hole. Part of me wanted to understand. Another part didn’t. “I’ll drive you to the border,” he said. “There’s a bus going straight toContinue reading “Bussing for Your Lives. fiction by Sylvia Petter”

Picture Perfect. fiction by Cath Barton

Picture Perfect                                                                                                          The gîte looks exactly as advertised in the brochure: Blue pool, shady terrace (for long, lazy lunches), vineyards dripping with ripening grapes stretching into the distance. Three spacious double bedrooms. Peace and absolutely quiet. Perfect for a relaxing family holiday. The only thing it doesn’t say in the brochure is that it’s aContinue reading “Picture Perfect. fiction by Cath Barton”

The Marriage of True Minds. fiction by Debra Kennedy

The Marriage of True Minds We sleep in separate bedrooms now and text to communicate. I won’t get within six feet of him, but I’m not leaving, nor is he, now that we both know our true minds. It started with an earworm. A couple of weeks ago I was weeding one of the flowerbedsContinue reading “The Marriage of True Minds. fiction by Debra Kennedy”

Shock and denial. fiction by Doug Jacquier

Shock and denial Rufus Hornblower, the ‘it’s only the flu’, ‘it’s your sovereign right not to wear a mask’, ‘vaccination’s a plot’ shock jock, was bewildered when he woke up on a hospital trolley in a warehouse, after he’d gone to ER about his severe breathing difficulties. A doctor wearing full PPE was observing himContinue reading “Shock and denial. fiction by Doug Jacquier”

Creating the Pandemic. non-fiction by Suzanne Steele

Creating the Pandemic It has been a time. My little family weathered the first part of the 2020 Pandemic year hunkered down in a run-down log cabin on a tiny, socially insular island in the north Pacific. My daughter, called back from Oxford (UK) after our federal government warned us all to come home, spentContinue reading “Creating the Pandemic. non-fiction by Suzanne Steele”