Winter Stars Shine Brighter | McKenzie Richardson

They’ll tell you of earth’s rotation, the proximity of stars. As if science has all the answers.

But I know.

Scales gleaming with pearly light, the ivory dragon bedecks the sky, its body made of starlight. Frost spreads beneath each breath, dancing designs onto every surface with the fresh, clear scent of its ancient soul.

If you look into the whites of its eyes, you’ll see the beginning of time, an age long before science. Believe what you will about why the stars shine more brightly in the winter months.

But I’ve seen the dragon. I’ve looked into its eyes.


McKenzie Richardson lives in Milwaukee, WI. Recently, her work has been featuring 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 a poetry collaboration with Casey Renee Kiser, 433 Lighted Way.

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The Knock Beneath the Ice | McKenzie Richardson

Mama forbids me from coming out this far on the ice; says it’s dangerous. But I’ve never fallen in.

The sky is darkening when I hear the tapping.

Knock, knock, knock.

I furrow my brows, trying to pinpoint its source.

Knock, knock, knock.

Laying on my stomach, I look through the translucent ice like a window to the ocean.

Eyes stare back, mere slits in a ghastly white face, black tendrils of hair like a deathly halo. The creature reaches out webbed fingers, baring a needle-pointed smile.

I run all the way home, never speaking of the Qallupilluit I’ve seen.


McKenzie Richardson lives in Milwaukee, WI. Recently, her work has been featuring 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 a poetry collaboration with Casey Renee Kiser, 433 Lighted Way.

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The Fortunate | McKenzie Richardson

Felix waved to the painter as he ducked beneath the ladder that stood over his front door. The broken lace of his shoe swung as he stepped on the crack in the sidewalk. In the entryway, Felix opened his umbrella and hung it on the coatrack.

Making his way to the kitchen, he scooped up his black cat, Lucky, who came to greet him.

On the wall, sandwiched between two cracked mirrors, a calendar hung with red x’s checking off the days. Felix added a mark over Thursday, November 12th.

“Ah, tomorrow’s my birthday,” he said with a contented smile.


McKenzie Richardson lives in Milwaukee, WI. Recently, her work has been featuring 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 a poetry collaboration with Casey Renee Kiser, 433 Lighted Way.

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Graveyard Words: A Tanka | McKenzie Richardson

Chilly autumn breeze

grave rubbings on white paper

faded words remain

speak out names long forgotten

spirits are walking tonight.


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 a poetry collaboration with Casey Renee Kiser, 433 Lighted Way.

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Shadow Walkers: A Tanka | McKenzie Richardson

Walking down the street

the shadows seem to follow

I do not look back

a shiver runs up my spine

and I feel breath on my neck.


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 a poetry collaboration with Casey Renee Kiser, 433 Lighted Way.

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Blog: http://www.craft-cycle.com

Gardening: A Haiku | McKenzie Richardson

Unfortunately,

I forgot to feed the plants.

Their bites remind me.


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 a poetry collaboration with Casey Renee Kiser, 433 Lighted Way.

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Blog: http://www.craft-cycle.com

Afternoon in an Antique Shop: A Haiku | McKenzie Richardson

He explored the shop.

“What a realistic puppet.”

“Thanks,” it responded.


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 a poetry collaboration with Casey Renee Kiser, 433 Lighted Way.

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Blog: http://www.craft-cycle.com

Alone With Your Thoughts | McKenzie Richardson

“I hope they can’t read minds,” he thought, to which the voice in his head reassured, “Of course, we can’t.”


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 a poetry collaboration with Casey Renee Kiser, 433 Lighted Way.

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Blog: http://www.craft-cycle.com

Taking Flight | McKenzie Richardson

“A stunted fairy like you will never make it,” Carn snarls bitterly. “Your wings can’t take you that far.”

I glare at him, tired of the constant criticism. A squawk resounds below the tree.

“They don’t have to.” Without breaking eye contact, I leap from the limb, hoping my speculation is correct.

Only when I feel the feathery mass beneath me do I let out my breath.

Carn fumes as the flock of migrating birds takes to the air, unaware of a stowaway on their flight. I’ve never flown this high before. Bursting through the autumn leaves, my heart soars.


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 a poetry collaboration with Casey Renee Kiser, 433 Lighted Way.

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Blog: http://www.craft-cycle.com

The Autumn Festival | McKenzie Richardson

With a yelp, Cassandra put her finger to her mouth, tasting the blossom of blood from the needle’s sharp point. Sewing had always been more of a chore than an enjoyable pastime, the brief pain the most recent reminder.

She wrapped a scrap of cloth around the wound as to not stain her latest project. Her vision for her first Autumn Festival dress was very precise.

Leaves of dandelion-gold fluttered under her touch as she adorned the collar with dark seeds. Satisfied, she hurriedly dressed beneath the remaining rays of sunlight before racing off to dance away the ever-lengthening night.


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 a poetry collaboration with Casey Renee Kiser, 433 Lighted Way.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mckenzielrichardson/

Blog: http://www.craft-cycle.com