A Goddess / A Queen | McKenzie Richardson

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.
For more updates, follow her on:
Facebook: https://m.facebook.com/mckenzielrichardson/
Blog: http://www.craft-cycle.com

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new growth | McKenzie Richardson

the sun peeks out through mist and haze
but still it is there
despite what the cold, barren winter sky suggests
its presence is undeniable
its warmth begins to creep into frozen things
the dirt starts to thaw
allowing us to push our way up to greet the sun
to take root
and breath the air we have so longed for
finally, I grow.


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.
For more updates, follow her on:
Facebook: https://m.facebook.com/mckenzielrichardson/
Blog: http://www.craft-cycle.com

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Rain | McKenzie Richardson

I love it when it rains
wash the hurt away
watch the pain
float down the storm drain
with all of the other unwanted debris.

I love the springtime rain
droplets gathering
as the flow
courses, cleanses, cleans
leaving the world the loveliest shade of green.


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.
For more updates, follow her on:
Facebook: https://m.facebook.com/mckenzielrichardson/
Blog: http://www.craft-cycle.com

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Awaken | McKenzie Richardson

Wipe the sleep from your eyes
warm wind whispers hello
straighten out your back
each vertebra cracks
to the sound of melting snow.

Step out of the darkness
squint into splendid sun
let your toes uncurl
your petals unfurl
sensing winter now is done.


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.
For more updates, follow her on:
Facebook: https://m.facebook.com/mckenzielrichardson/
Blog: http://www.craft-cycle.com

This post can now be found here: https://whispersandechoesmag.home.blog/2020/05/07/awaken-mckenzie-richardson/

little honeybee | McKenzie Richardson

little honeybee, let me witness your dance,
lead me to those pollen-soaked petals.

little honeybee, help me harness the sunshine,
build a mansion of hexagonal gold.

little honeybee, show me how to live,
share the secret of your sugary feast.

little honeybee, teach me to be free,
sprout wings and fly with the winds.


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.
For more updates, follow her on:
Facebook: https://m.facebook.com/mckenzielrichardson/
Blog: http://www.craft-cycle.com

This post can now be found here: https://whispersandechoesmag.home.blog/2020/05/07/little-honeybee-mckenzie-richardson/

A Mermaid’s Love | McKenzie Richardson

How would you define true love?
Is it swirling down a whirlpool to unknown depths?
Is it relinquishing a life with my father, my sisters, my grandmother?
Is it cutting out my tongue as sacrifice to see your face?
Is it a two-edged sword carving legs from my tail, each step like walking on glass?
Is it saving a man’s life to watch him marry another?
Is it choosing death instead of taking his life, sea foam returning to the sea?

A mermaid has no tears, but if I had, they would fill the deepest ocean
with the saltiest brine that ignites with each imagined kiss.
Yet I would do it all again, for the sake of true love.


McKenzie Richardson lives in Milwaukee, WI. Most recently, her flash fiction is featured in Black Hare Press’ anthologies, Oceans and Hate. She has published a middle-grade novel, Heartstrings, available on Amazon, as well as a poetry collaboration, 433 Lighted Way. McKenzie also runs a crafting blog: http://www.craft-cycle.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/mckenzielrichardson/ | Wattpad

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Roses | Sammi Cox

Roses are red, violets are blue

I’ve been counting the ways I used to love you

But it doesn’t matter, that is all gone

The past is the past, and we’ve got to move on


Sammi Cox is from the UK and spends her time writing and making things.  Her poetry and short fiction have been published in various places online and in print.  Her first collection of tiny tales, One Turn of The Wheel was published by Three Drops Press in 2017.  Find her at: https://sammiscribbles.wordpress.com/

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The Inner Workings of Love | McKenzie Richardson

Each time I fall
I reach for your hand,
using it to pull myself up.

I’m drowning in water
and there you are; my unwilling life preserver.

But that isn’t how love works, is it?
one person clawing their way along;
the other moseying in their own time.

That isn’t how love works,
that’s why I had to walk away.


McKenzie Richardson lives in Milwaukee, WI. Most recently, her flash fiction is featured in Black Hare Press’ anthologies, Oceans and Hate. She has published a middle-grade novel, Heartstrings, available on Amazon, as well as a poetry collaboration, 433 Lighted Way. McKenzie also runs a crafting blog: http://www.craft-cycle.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/mckenzielrichardson/ | Wattpad

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Eternal | McKenzie Richardson

Heart bursts like sunbeams
there’s no going back from here
we’ll run our course, take what is given
and hope we emerge whole on the other side.

Blood flows like raging storms
fierce and strong and deadly
there are no guarantees in life
but I would stake my life on this.


McKenzie Richardson lives in Milwaukee, WI. Most recently, her flash fiction is featured in Black Hare Press’ anthologies, Oceans and Hate. She has published a middle-grade novel, Heartstrings, available on Amazon, as well as a poetry collaboration, 433 Lighted Way. McKenzie also runs a crafting blog: http://www.craft-cycle.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/mckenzielrichardson/ | Wattpad

This post can now be found here: https://whispersandechoesmag.home.blog/2020/05/05/eternal-mckenzie-richardson/

We Met In Autumn | Sammi Cox

We met in autumn

Beneath leaves of red and gold

A love that burned bright

But ended in the winter

With the frost and snow and ice


Sammi Cox is from the UK and spends her time writing and making things.  Her poetry and short fiction have been published in various places online and in print.  Her first collection of tiny tales, One Turn of The Wheel was published by Three Drops Press in 2017.  Find her at: https://sammiscribbles.wordpress.com/

This post can now be found here: https://whispersandechoesmag.home.blog/2020/05/05/we-met-in-autumn-sammi-cox/