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Richard Le Due: Whatever Is Inside of Us

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Art by Cindy Rosmus 2022

Whatever Is Inside of Us

 

by Richard Le Due

 

 

Wolves watch from a safe distance,

making no myths about the religious implications

of eating a person and their soul,

while a passing raven has more reverence

for a twig shaped like a wing bone

than the way warm breath dances

with cold air, proving whatever is inside of us

smart enough to try and escape,

especially as our tracks go in circles

because we're too stubborn to admit

we're lost.

 

 

Richard LeDue (he/him) lives in Norway House, Manitoba, Canada. He has been published both online and in print. He is the author of seven books of poetry. His latest book, “Everyday Failure,” was released from Alien Buddha Press in October 2022.






Cindy Rosmus originally hails from the Ironbound section of Newark, NJ, once voted the “unfriendliest city on the planet.” She talks like Anybodys from West Side Story and everybody from Saturday Night Fever. Her noir/horror/bizarro stories have been published in the coolest places, such as Shotgun HoneyMegazineDark DossierThe Rye Whiskey Review, Under the Boardwalk, and Rock and a Hard Place. She is the editor/art director of Yellow Mama and the art director of Black Petals. She’s published seven collections of short stories. Cindy is a Gemini, a Christian, and an animal rights advocate. 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 2022