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Breath & Shadow

Summer 2022 - Vol. 19, Issue 3


written by

Megan Denese Mealor

I have grown a little eccentric,

a little discontent, I suppose,

since I moved my corner rocking chair

to the very center of the den

near the growling, grinning heater

to cover the carpet’s balding bald spot

and began turning the volume to heaven

to drown out the absence of snoring

in the fireplace glow of yellow-orange

and flashing turquoise tongues.

I must admit,

I have also grown

a little unnerved

by the eerie reverie

of snow-silent cats.

Previously published in The Scarlet Leaf Review, May 2017

Megan Denese Mealor echoes and erases in her native land of Jacksonville, Florida. A survivor of Bipolar Disorder I, she often incorporates her kaleidoscopic emotions into her writing. Her poems and short stories have been featured worldwide, most recently in Spillwords, Ginosko Literary Journal, Eunoia Review, and The Stray Branch. Nominated twice for the 2018 Pushcart Prize, Megan has authored two full-length poetry collections: Bipolar Lexicon (Unsolicited Press, 2018) and Blatherskite (Clare Songbirds Publishing House, 2019). She is currently studying English at the University of North Florida while caring for her autistic son and serving as volunteer reader for several literary magazines. Megan, her husband Tony, son Jesse, and three cats Trigger, Lulu, and Hobbes occupy a cavernous, yet cozy townhouse ornamented with ads for Victorian inventions.

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