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Breath & Shadow

Fall 2022 - Vol. 19, Issue 4

"A Greater Wind"

written by

Susan M. Silver

For Valentin Ramiez, 2009-2022, Killed by a Car

A greater wind than is known

has swept you away,

sunflower gold

now pulverized, its spirit-bud beheaded

blindly by a Universe brutal.

“Come back!” we cry,

but the way back is beyond and verboten.

“Why?” we implore,

seeking the healing mercy of reason,

to be mocked by silence like ungracious granite,

held aloft by the roaring rush

of a greater wind than is known,

a wind unyielding of its secrets

to the mere mortal mind,

a greater wind.

Susan M. Silver is a New York City-based freelance writer with credits in People magazine, Us Weekly, the New York Daily News, and The Saturday Evening Post. In addition to Breath and Shadow, her fiction has appeared in Wordgathering, Lifestyles magazine and Short Stuff.

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