Content Warning: themes of death
Edie Meade – Still Life
Can you tell a story using only objects
ordinary, yes. Of course. What else is there
but the field-dressed grouse, choked
bluegill, mourning peonies dew-bejeweled
crestfallen seeded grape encumbered by vine
worn reminder of wilderness, orbweaver
after the luna moth; do you know she lives
and dies without ever eating. It is still life.
What else is there.
Edie Meade is a writer, artist, and mother of four in Huntington, West Virginia. Recent work can be found in Feral, Still: The Journal, New Flash Fiction Review, Fractured Literary, Ghost Parachute, and elsewhere. Say hi on Twitter @ediemeade or https://ediemeade.com/.
Artwork: Safe Inside but Yearning to Fly by Laurie Marshall
Laurie Marshall is a writer and artist working in Northwest Arkansas. Recent stories have been awarded the 2021 Lascaux Flash Fiction Prize, included in the 2022 Bath Flash Fiction Award anthology, and nominated for Best Small Fictions 2022. She reads for Fractured Lit and Longleaf Review. Words and art have been published in Emerge Literary Journal, Versification, Bending Genres, Twin Pies Literary, Fictive Dream and Flash Frog among others. Connect on Twitter @LaurieMMarshall.