Chila Woychik

The Muddy Divine

Inside the pristine valley below me, coyotes drag newborn lambs snatched from adjoining farmsteads, and cattle sink knee-deep in stream-drenched muck. In the woods, next to the bluebells, crawl ropes of poison ivy thick as my wrist. Yesterday, a red fox lay dead on a trail, two large bite marks on its side. Paradise exists in the mind of the simple, yet there’s something to be said for a canopy of maples embracing at their tips, leaves rocking to the sighs of an afternoon breeze.

Chila Woychik

Chila Woychik is a late-emerging female writer of German birth and amorphous Cherokee heritage most at home hiking in woods or regarding coyote calls at night. She has work published or forthcoming in Emrys Journal, Pithead Chapel, Stoneboat, and many others. She is Managing Editor at Eastern Iowa Review and at the award-winning small press, Port Yonder.