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Boudin, 24 HRS

by Lydia Ondrusek

As we pass the hand-painted
sign offering Cajun delicacies
round-the-clock God-
wry photographer-
shines clear shadowless light
on a weedy cathedral, just
14 miles outside Opelousas,
Louisiana. Look-

a stand of green Marys
support their broken sons,
near offerings of car trash
left by the faithless
on a muddy grass altar.

The standing trees, patient,
still cradle their fallen,
still hope for resurrection,
14 miles outside Opelousas
as the heron flies.

Lydia Ondrusek lives in Richardson, Texas, and often writes about Southern experiences and locations. She has had fiction and poetry published online and in print since 2008 in a diverse range of publications that include Flash Fiction Online and Falling Star Magazine. Her upcoming work will appear in GUD and Apex.

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