The Heather Stalks
hard-pressed against the border
of the smoke glass sky.
Watching their feet
they turned and ground the mud forward
his ankles rusted with the bog's thick dust.
He carried her body
West, the whole way
chronicling the hours before
he knew they would fall beneath the freezing stars.
their pale skin
staggered and stretched across the
the turf, the bog.
The child in her stomach
their last breath
the movement of the last heat
Alec James Egan is a student of creative writing at Kenyon
College. He was born and raised in Los Angeles, California and
has spent time living in Ireland.