March 14, 2022

Snow Maidens, By Sara Cleto & Brittany Warman

When we fell apart

Snow took us in -


She muffled our sorrow,

Forged our tears into

Jewels and

Knives.


The taste of snowflakes and

The smell of cold winds -

These we devoured together, like

Candy, like love.


What is ice but a

Mirror

Dark enough to

Hide sorrow,

Sadness,

Memories?


We want none of them.


We want:

Avalanches,

Blizzards, storms,

Shards strong enough to

Rip through who we

Should, would, were.



Dr. Sara Cleto and Dr. Brittany Warman are award-winning folklorists, teachers, and writers. Together, they founded The Carterhaugh School of Folklore and the Fantastic, teaching creative souls how to re-enchant their lives through folklore and fairy tales. Their fiction and poetry can be found in Enchanted Living, Uncanny Magazine, Star*Line, and others.


Story Graphics: Amanda Bergloff

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7 comments:

Kelly Jarvis said...

Lovely and powerful! ❄️💙

HulderMN said...

Lovely, and a little bit savage!
❄💜❄

Sally said...

Jewels and knives! Love this!

Kristen Baum DeBeasi said...

Oh MY! Goosebumps. This is wonderful!

Sara Cleto said...

Thank you so much!! <3

Deborah Sage said...

Gorgeous and chilling! Your poetry always takes my breath away.

Sarah Garcia said...

Gorgeous! Your words are so poignant and gripping. Your last stanza absolutely captivated me!

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