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The Derelict Hosts a Dinner Party by Byron Wilson

Everything was fine

Until he let a few unflattering

Words loose. They shattered

Into syllables, grew wings

And scattered like bats

Caught in a tangle of rafters.

One swooped low, grazing

The nape of a guest’s neck,

While the rest traced a

Grotesque circle overhead

Like starved vultures.


Byron Wilson graduated from Chico State University. He currently works as a marketing copywriter and motorcycle journalist and lives in southern Oregon with his wife and two dogs. You can find him snooping around Twitter under the handle @olddelusion.

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