by Mari Ness

Each spring the vibrant growth,
the death by drought, the sullen heat,
the cooling softness of the rain.

Each fall the gentle death,
the coming dreams, the color change,
the warning coolness of the snow.

Each winter the grey shadows.
The pomegranate fills her mouth,
a blood-red shiver of summer.


Mari Ness has published fiction and poetry in Tor.com, Clarkesworld Magazine, Daily Science Fiction, Uncanny Magazine, Apex Magazine, Strange Horizons, Goblin Fruit, Mythic Delirium, and several other publications. Her epic, novella-length poem, Through Immortal Shadows Singing, is forthcoming from Papaveria Press in 2016. She lives in central Florida, and can be followed on Twitter at mari_ness.

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