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In Life
by Evalyn Lee

A fight to the death—the eel speared,
Writhing, two crows, tactical usurpers,

Hungry, greedy, sneaky, watched the eel flip,
Dark, wet from the river. A life gulped by a cormorant.

It is as if the eel had never existed.
And what we are all afraid of happened

In an instant, the not being known before
Dying, in a morning of cobwebs and rose petals,

Come to ground, with dogs and shadows. High
Blue skies turned white with heat. The cormorant spread

Black eagle wings, its body, an eel, shivered,
Glorying in life even as the grass died beneath our feet.

 

Published in Cider Press Review, Volume 21, Issue 2.

Evalyn LeeEvalyn Lee is a former CBS News producer currently living in London with her husband and two children. Over the years, she has produced television segments for 60 Minutes in New York and then for the BBC in London. Her broadcast work has received an Emmy and numerous Writers Guild Awards and she is currently at work on her first novel.

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