They’re with You Now

A flutter of wings, a gust to blow open the windows, shards of glass like eyes.

Writing by LE Francis
Art by Featured Artist Erica Peebus

They’re with you now, they’re with you

Inspired by “The Facts in the Case of Mr. Valdemar” from “Two Evil Eyes”

A flutter of wings, a gust to blow open the windows, shards of glass like eyes

gouged from the black sockets of the night. This metronome isn’t my heart,

it just fits in my chest. It is just shaped like it belongs in the world, like it’s doing

something, like it belongs in me, & I belong too — tethered to this bed when

my dreams would take me away. My dreams would take me far from this empty

room, from the luck that never stretches far enough to make a life. Oh, what

would it mean to be in love? At my best I am in lust with this world, open-

mouthed, in a sleep like a corpse, I am a window that cannot be latched, I am

a timepiece, I’m no comfort for the guilty. I’m a doorway at my very best.

About the Author

LE Francis is a writer, artist, & musician making stuff from the rainshadow of the Washington Cascades. She is the fiction editor at Sage Cigarettes Magazine,, & her debut poetry chapbook, “This spell of star & song,” is available through Bottlecap Press.

About the Artist

Erica Peebus (b.1982) recently moved to Fort Wayne, Indiana from Portland, Oregon where she received her BFA with an emphasis in painting in 2013 from the Pacific Northwest College of Art. Erica’s acrylic paintings can be described as both dark and whimsical. Employing a strong illustrative quality, she mixes realism with graphic details. Her works often represent plants, animals, bones, and the human figure exposing her fascination with life and death as well as her love for the natural and super natural world. Her work is heavily influenced by religious symbolism, renaissance paintings, mythology, folklore, and surrealism.

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