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Dead Skunk Logo: round logo of a white skunk silhouette on a black background with the words “Dead Skunk” in cursive. “Dead” is neon purple and “Skunk” is neon yellow.


dead in the pale

a tract allowed to rest


yellow and dry

at peace

for this year

from the harvester

the forager

the scavenger


a sign of life

in the dusk



under a dust-hung veil

scuttling the earth

in the wide-open space


in flight


a second puff

more dust lifted

at speed

another line

almost parallel to the first

a few degrees off

promising convergence

just before the haven

of a neighbouring coppice

the vectors meet –

a thunderhead of grit

hanging over the intersection

movement and momentum transformed

into a fur and tooth and claw


* * *

one slinks into the thicket

brushing the dirt from its face

the other drains into the parchedness

a stain fading into the darkening field



R L Raymond

Author Bio: An Imagist, R L Raymond tells stories through fiction, poetry, and photography. He earned his Master of Arts in English Literature from the University of Western Ontario and has been published in Canada, the United States, Australia, and Europe. It is important to note that he doesn’t drink pop or soda. Please visit for more information.

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