Ron. Lavalette




She goes to that dark land

of her own free will

and far too often.


She blames it on snakebites:

something inside writhes, closes.

Below, something opens

invites her in,  insists;

she does not resist.


In the morning, dazed,


she rises, stares

burning in the day’s light

she barely sees

then turns again,



I am no Orpheus

to follow her there.

I let her fall.

Ron. Lavalette very happily spends his days in the very northeastern corner of Vermont, land of the fur-bearing lake trout and the bilingual stop sign, barely a snowball's throw from the Canadian border. He's been widely published both in print and online. This is his second appearance at Deep Water Literary Journal. A reasonable sample of his published work can be found at Eggs Over Tokyo (, and he regularly blogs at Scrambled, Not Fried ( For more info visit



Deep Water Literary Journal

2015 - Issue 2 - August





Elizabeth Bodien (USA)

All Souls' Night


Chanel Brenner (USA)

Back at the El Encanto Twenty Years Later


Claire Vogel Camargo (USA)

Touching the Edge of Darkness


Saddiq Dzukogi (Nigeria)



S.E. Gale (Australia)

The Reliquary


Gary Glauber (USA)

In Philippa’s Hands




Clare Hepworth-Wain (England)

To mark her passing


Strider Marcus Jones (England)

The Two Saltimbanques


Robert S. King (USA)

Inside a Photograph

The Ghosts of Machu Picchu


Steve Klepetar (USA)

almost from the first

If It Comes to That


Ron. Lavalette (USA)



Sada Malumfashi (Nigeria)



Rasmenia Massoud (France)

Ghosts in My Skin

Open Mike Night


Catfish McDaris (USA)

Gone Amazon

Soldier Blues


Pat J Mullan (Ireland)

Mother Perfection


Christine Murray (Ireland)




Heather Mydosh (USA)



Caleb J. Oakes (USA)

Extended Forms of Hunger

Frown For Me


David O’Neill (Ireland)

Decisions in the Dark Room


Rachel C. Peters (USA)



Mark Antony Rossi (USA)

This Ancient City

Transatlantic Transfiguration


Walter Ruhlmann (France)

Distorted Echo

The Lips of the Wolf


John Saunders (Ireland)

Murphy is Out for the Summer


Terry Savoie (USA)

Buttermilk Poem


Larry Schug (USA)

As If We Were Not Brothers


Pepper Swell (USA)

Cold Fury


The Man in the Black Pyjamas (Ireland)