*Originally published in the chapbook Vanishing into the Leaves (Leaf Press, 2014).

Luther Allen facilitates SpeakEasy, a community reading series, and is co-editor of Noisy Water.  His collection of poems, The View from Lummi Island, can be found at  His work is included in the recent anthologies WA 129Refugium, Poems for the PacificPoets Unite! LitFUSE @10; and Weaving the Terrain.  His short story, The Stilled Ring, was finalist in the annual fiction contest at

Photograph by Jordan Donaldson.

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