Hazel Nancy Zafris I saw her at a party where no one was having fun except her. It was a celebration of profits and the long hours of billable work. We were told to bring spouses and friends. The feathers and beads and trinkets woven into the feral tresses arrayed her face in unisexual charm, hiding good skin or bad, beauty a smeared notion that cleared something up for me. I had you pegged for years. You with the wild catkins performing sans gêne in yellow clusters, such an unsuitable showoff among maples and handsome oaks like breast implants on the first lady president. But I kind of now see the point you’re making, you, the happiest of all trees. Nancy Zafris is the series editor of the Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction. Her collection of short stories, The Home Jar, was published in 2012 by Switchgrass Books. “Hazel” appears in our Summer 2013 issue.