Firebird | McKenzie Richardson

Flickering flames as you caught fire

dancing too close to the sun

you looked it dead in the eye

laughed at the pain

you’ve known hardship your entire life

feel the heat on your skin

and it’s nothing compared

to all the places you’ve already been

the summer sun settles, night creeping on

you’ve out-danced the sun, little firebird.

McKenzie Richardson lives in Milwaukee, WI. Recently, her work has been featured in various anthologies through Black Hare Press, Iron Faerie Publishing, Dragon Soul Press, and Eerie River Publishing. She has also published a middle-grade novel, Heartstrings, as well as poetry collaboration with Casey Renee Kiser, 433 Lighted Way.



Selected by the editor as a featured submission, September 2021

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