When you ate the seed that sealed your fate
did a pomegranate sprout in your stomach
so in the habit of making things grow
or was your new status as Queen enough to let it die?
You struck a deal with the devil, so to speak
the results never turn out quite as planned
still, being ruler of this dark place isn’t so bad
on the bright side, winter is almost over
it’s nearly time for fresh beginnings
spring is coming, sweet Goddess, and we’ve all missed you dearly.
McKenzie Richardson lives in Milwaukee, WI. Most recently, her stories are featured in Black Hare Press’ drabble anthologies, Hate and Oceans, as well as Dragon Soul Press’ anthology, Reign of Queens, to be published later this year. Her stories and poetry have also been featured in many collections through Dreaming Spirit Press. McKenzie has published a middle-grade novel, Heartstrings, available on Amazon, as well as a poetry collaboration with Casey Renee Kiser, 433 Lighted Way. She is currently working toward a master’s in Library Science.
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Selected by the editor as a featured submission, August 2020
Originally posted on the site: 06/04/2020