Writing the Distance: Eric Heyne

The Covid 19 pandemic is isolating Alaskan writers. We can no longer attend workshopsor public readings. The coffee bars where we met with other writers are closed. To bridge these physical gaps, 49 Writers is providing this on-line forum for Alaskans writing the distance. Eric Heyne provided today’s reflection and photograph.


Ravens dogfight in the sharp wind outside this fifth-floor 

window, dive-bomb awking into abrupt barrel-rolls,

in pairs, and pairs of pairs, dating, or competing, nearly

brushing the building as if playing chicken, then falling free.

I try to catch them on my phone but they’re dodgy,

waiting out of sight until I give up, then suddenly filling

FILLING the frame with echoed shadow.  Locked down, 

I stow away their instantaneous transport of the gale.

Eric Heyne feels extremely lucky to be able to continue to work in his office in Fairbanks.

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