by Aaron Sandberg

Then we tried to train our puppy,
treats in hand. Everything bribed,
a bargain. How transactional our
transactions. Conditioning the
unconditional. Compromise is
compromised. Just how well did
I obey? Just how hard did I beg?
Old dog, new tricks. Imagine if
you made me sit—made me stay.


Aaron Sandberg has appeared or is forthcoming in Lost Balloon, Flash Frog, Phantom Kangaroo, Qu, Asimov’s, No Contact, Alien Magazine, The Shore, The Offing, Sporklet, Crow & Cross Keys, Whale Road Review, and elsewhere. A multiple Pushcart and Best of the Net nominee, you can see him—and his writing—on Instagram @aarondsandberg.