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Short Stories 365/101 | N.S. Beranek

“Angels What You Must Hear on High” by John H. Roush from Fool for Love (Cleis Press, 2009).

The key to this story is in the title. Unlike the song it references, the story is not concerned with what we hear the angels saying. Oh, no. This is all about what they hear. The unnamed, recently deceased main character of this story is busy bending the ear of some poor seraph. The accounting he gives of his life—correction, his love life—is relentless, but therein lies the humor. And this is a funny piece, because this guy was a wreck, by turns self-centered, self-deprecating, terrified, excited, jaded, and naïve. 

But then again, aren’t we all?