I live here now. I realized that today. What we heard
about Northwest dreariness is true, yet the store lights
and street lamps ricochet off rain drops clinging
to power-lines. They burn like candles in a dim church.

Ellie Francis Douglass has been previously published in The Dirty Napkin and Northwind Magazine. She is a native Texan. Ellie received her BA in English Literature from St. Edward’s University in Austin, and is currently earning her MFA at Oregon State University in Corvallis.