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