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Art by Cindy Rosmus 2021

Unwell

 

by Richard LeDue

 

 

Stare out the kitchen window,

wondering if our pet fruit flies

would escape if I opened it.

Sniff the air

like it was an exotic wine.

 

Pretend the bananas aren't rotten,

black as a sleepless night,

eyes trying to adjust,

while my body knows something is wrong

except words would wake everyone,

so silence converses with thoughts,

until there's an argument

about what dish soap works best,

but no one wins—

curtains closed until morning

when a smile shouts loudest,

even if it goes unheard.

 

 

 

Richard LeDue(he/him) was born in Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada, but currently lives in Norway House, Manitoba with his wife and son. His poems have appeared in various publications throughout 2020, and more work is forthcoming throughout 2021. His chapbook, The Loneliest Age, was released in autumn 2020 from Kelsay Books.





Cindy Rosmus is a Jersey girl who looks like a Mob Wife & talks like Anybody’s from West Side Story. She works out 5-6 days a week, so needs no excuse to drink or do whatever the hell she wants She’s been published in the usual places, such as Shotgun Honey, Hardboiled, A Twist of Noir, Megazine, Beat to a Pulp, Out of the Gutter, Mysterical-E, and Rock and a Hard Place. She is the editor/art director of the ezine, Yellow Mama. She’s a Gemini, a Christian, and an animal rights activist. She has recently been branching out into photo illustration, under the guidance and mentoring of Ann Marie Rhiel.




In Association with Black Petals & Fossil Publications 2021