Decadence in Good Company by Maggie D. Fedorov | Art by Jason White

JasonWhite_Decadence in Good Company by Maggie D. Fedorov
Art by Jason White

Decadence in Good Company
By Maggie D. Fedorov
Art by Jason White
Published Issue 102, June 2022


at dying firelight

the cardinal winds astir

From my fingers, tongue,

even from my eyes

it seeps

I weep

the loss of self astounding

as I turn my anger free into the fire

turn my tears loose into fire

turn my fears loose into fire turn

my passion, pain, my talent loose

to fire

HELL turn my love loose into fire

build my noose up from that fire


My screaming finds no ears to

fall on

swallowed by the fire

Live my whole damned life in fire


So I invite the flames

devour me

Only one thing

flames insist:

a sacrifice


Have I not sacrificed enough

given all poured into fire

Even parts of me

I want to be

turned loose and lost to flame


I can’t help how it calls me

With such sweetness in my name



join me by the firelight

toss in a care or three

Just be weary as

it calls you back

It’s still devouring me.

Born and raised in the Greater Seattle Area, Maggie D. Fedorov began to develop her inquisitive nature and lust for exploration when she was very small. Maggie considers herself a lifelong learner, and as such she spends much of her free time reading, researching, honing her skills in the arts and other hobbies, and naturally, planning her next adventures!

Maggie’s writing stems from a desire to delve into and capture what it means to be human at its very core; this tug-of-war that we play with the elements which mold our lives as we fight and embrace them, and using our observations to develop more vital roots anchoring us to the elements we all battle and nurture in our own lives. It was out of a compulsive need to share this form of expression and exploration that Maggie Fedorov, the writer, was born.

Maggie shares her travels and her life with her husband, Sam. The two are often found indulging in desserts, collectively dreaming about their future fur babies, and attempting to achieve Nirvana through the flawless integration of bad puns and dad jokes in normal conversation. See more on her Instagram.

Jason White is an artist living in the suburbs of Chicago. His favorite mediums are oil on canvas and pencil & ink drawings. When he was a kid he cried on the Bozo Show. His work varies from silly to serious and sometimes both. Check out more of his work on Instagram.

Check out Maggie’s May published Birdy piece, Vocal Manipulations, and Jason’s May companion artwork to Brian Polk’s Rumors, Idle Talk & Fireside Chat, and Jason Heller’s Strings, or head to our Explore section to see more work by these talented artists.