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River's End

The gray river water

meets green ocean

snakelike power

meets grace

wide and cold

fresh meets salt

tastes like blood

roiling over stones

its roaring power

muted when it flows

into the dark

vast sea

waning black

in last hour of night

Rising sunlight

golden-pale across

white-capped waves

a line of stars


across the surface

broken by

wave after wave

rising harder

power to

knock us

off our feet

and back to the sand

where I wrote

his name

with my


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Elizabeth Donald

Elizabeth Donald is a writer fond of things that go chomp in the night. She is the recipient of the Mimi Zanger Literary Award and three Darrell Awards among other awards. She is the founder and zookeeper of the Literary Underworld small-press cooperative, president of the St. Louis Society of Professional Journalists, A freelance writer, and is pursuing an MFA at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville while teaching writing and journalism at SIUE and St. Louis University. Her horror, science fiction, and fantasy books include the Blackfire and Nocturne dark fantasy series, and her work has appeared in numerous anthologies and literary magazines. She lives with her husband in a haunted house in Illinois. In her spare time, she has no spare time.

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