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 Fathom 2002

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Poetry

 

Kate Buttery (3)
Julie Perkins(5)
Jennifer Lyn Durkee (2)
Kirsten Horn
John W. Parker (2)
Elena Krasnova
Jonathan Samuel (3)
Sarah Riley
Melodie Umanetz
Olivia Brown and Jessica Young
Fergus J. O'Connor V, Esq. (2)
Gareth Robinson
Charles Ryan (2)
Solange Hupe (4)
Dani Anna Jansen (2)

 

Prose

Angela Pratt
Travis West

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Jennifer Lyn Durkee

 

 

She

I was a small child when she befriended me ­-
innocent and heartbroken, I leaned on her
drawing life from her quiet warmth.
She was my strength
she gave me summers of laughter and tire swings

She told me stories of how her children had sprouted up all around her
how some unthinking stranger had cut away a piece of her
heart
for the sake of appearances
and then told me life could be beautiful even when it wasn't
She taught me courage and inner beauty
to sway with the winds of change
to never break

I grew up as her
crimson crown gave way to wisps of gray
her limbs began to creak as she wrapped me in her wiry
embrace
But she was always static, still familiar and safe
When I left, I kissed her goodbye

And sometimes
when life is too unfeeling,
I return to climb her branches and retreat
to a simpler world

 

nightfall

curls around the last strangled glow
gently
(a quiet asphyxiation)
as it creeps from shadowed places in
slick
heavy seas

deepening murk
breaking rich over toes
                  calves
                     thighs
                        breasts
thick and faintly bitter

slips over polished edges
arcs
sly gasping curves
pressed deep against expectant flesh
pooling
sullen and assured

with bedroom eyes
watching

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