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Meg Smith: The Light of Memory/Hibernation of Demons

Image: Unsplash, downloaded ( 7.2.2022.

Ragged Angel

I've retrieved from golden tissue paper

the tree-topper I first knew in childhood.

Never a distant prehistory but always close,

with its mythologies and night terrors,

and fantastical fires dancing on the

Mystic River. So, too, this angel --

from a specialty store, her arms tiny

white lights, a halo of glory.

Now, tatters of her gown fall,

and we are both searching

for the light of memory.

A Little Girl Runs to the Wolves

Her parents were sleeping their

long sleep, their hibernation of demons,

utterances of fairy tales and splashes

of vodka and blue forests.

It's her own sister who pronounces

in the middle of math class --

"You will not see her anymore."

Red Riding Hood, enviable in

a crimson clock, has fled

in wooden clogs, drawn

to the musk of gray fur, and

low weeping to the crust of the moon.

Unbroken tracks in the snow, they fall,

as if falling through time, a pool of scarlet

in the cloak that covers them all.

About the Author: Meg Smith is a writer, journalist, dancer and events producer living in Lowell, Mass., USA. Her poetry and fiction have recently appeared in Muddy River Poetry Review, The Cafe Review, Sirens Call, Dark Moon Digest, Acropolis Journal, and many more.

She is author of five poetry books and a short fiction collection, The Plague Confessor. She welcomes visits to


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