Movement and Penumbra

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Image © R L Raymond

it doesn’t take much light
to keep from going crazy
in the dark

a struck match
should do

unless the flicker uncovers
incubal folds in the curtains
and a magenta-black stain on the sheets

or a man
sitting quietly

pulling from his cigarette
the heater glowing hot
exhaling a barely audible shhhhh…

in a cloud
of smoke

 

R L Raymond
From Half Myths & Quarter Legends

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