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Evaporating, the face slid, eyes first, into oblivion.
A cloud of a mouth opened, spilling
blue words like soft rain, inking into a waking dream.

Sleep. Rest your head in the grass.
Let wanderlust guide you
from the edge of hard things,
ignore snapping mouths of decision,
unlock yourself into a stagnant life.

Pause. Slip out of duty like a loose shirt.
Hide from the biting hum of time. Click.
Let sing-song slippery wings whisk you,
weeping into flight. Escape, escape.

No one but you knows this place, its dark webbed corners,
where mind weaves absence and regret into cramped stillness
whispering, Wait. Let the leaves fall into another evening.
Of all that’s undone, there is none tonight left to do.



E. F. Schraeder holds an interdisciplinary doctorate emphasizing applied ethics and is the author of two poetry chapbooks, most recently Chapter Eleven (Partisan Press). Dr. Schraeder’s work has appeared in Birthing Monsters, Mobius: The Journal of Social Change, Mystery Weekly Magazine, The Feminist Wire, and other journals and anthologies.
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17 Jan 2022

The land burns so hot and high tonight that Let can see its orange glow even from the heart of The City of Birds. It burns so thick she can taste the whole year’s growth of leaves and branches on her lips. It burns so fast she can almost hear the deer and cottontails scream as flames outrun them and devour them whole.
I writhe in bed with fever, chills, chatters and shivers. The near becomes far as the far comes close.
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