Desserts for the Reading of the K.J.V. Tetman Callis Micro-Fiction

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by Tetman Callis

Published in Issue No. 202 ~ March, 2014

Photo by Ben Colefax (Brisbane, Australia)


Macaroons are suitable for Job, but Psalms calls for chunky chocolate chips.

Plain sugar cookies, of course, for Genesis, and shortbreads for Exodus.

What else but ladyfingers for Ruth?

You will find graham crackers, in their several varieties, to be perfect (or close enough) for Leviticus, Chronicles, and Kings.

Jeremiah, Isaiah, all those minor prophets that follow? If you can’t get chocolate-covered locusts, mouthfuls of coarsely-crushed quartzite are what you should have your heart set on.


You can reward yourself in the Gospels with a wide variety of creme-fills, the kind you twist open to scrape with your teeth, letting the filling melt sweetly on your tongue (do be good and eat the cookie parts, too).

Save your ginger snaps for the Epistles.

For the Apocalypse of John, take a large, curved needle, of the type for sewing canvas, thread it with a good, sturdy twine, and sew the fingertips of your right hand to your bottom lip.

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Tetman Callis’s stories and poems have appeared in various publications, most recently Noon, Salt Hill, and Litro. Many of his published works can be read at His memoir, High Street, was published by Outpost19 in 2012. He holds a bachelor's degree in philosophy, with high honors, from the University of Texas at El Paso, studied creative writing with Gordon Lish in New York City and with various persons at the MFA program at the University of New Mexico, and does not teach.