The river unfurls like a shroud,
now my drowned wear you always
then we will be married.
Red water gives a monstrous birth,
as creatures devour our gifted ash.
The chaotic night has withdrawn
into arms of the purple robed sun
stretched infinite in sky and fire.
I will return into you.
--John Swain lives in Louisville, Kentucky. His chapbooks, Prominences and Sinking of the Cloth, appeared from Flutter Press and Set Apart Before the World Was Made appeared from Calliope Nerve Media. Full of Crow published his ebook, The Feathered Masks. His work has received nominations for the Pushcart Prize, Best of the Net, and Best of the Web.