Literary Orphans

À terre by Sarah Clayville

The whisper

Wicks from her lips.

A soothing salve.


Smoothing out the hesitation

Of the trembling hand

At the bar.


Shapes bowing

Against one another


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Sarah Clayville’s fiction and poetry have been featured in The Threepenny Review, StoryChord, Literary Orphans, Central PA Magazine and a number of other journals. A teacher, author, and editor for Mothers Always Write, she is currently at work on a novel and collection of poetry for young adults . Visit Sarah at or follow her @SarahSaysWrite


Art by Marja van den Hurk and Stephanie Ann

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