May 30, 2022

Poetry Showcase: Snow, Blood, Ebony, By Rachel Ayers


Editor's Note: Originally published in 2011, author Rachel Ayers' lyrical poem sets the stage for the reader's imagination to feel the longing in this well known fairy tale.

He found her dead

and woke her.

Snow, blood, ebony:

these evoke only the

lifeless child he beheld.

He reimagines his bride.

Her lips are posey red,

rosy red,

for although flowers are fleeting

they live

as he brought her back to life.

Her skin is milkpale moonglow.

And black is:

the deep pool

of his horse's eye


the well

of night sky


the depths of earth

from which all life springs.

These gifts he gives her as they wed:

a second chance,

and his heart,

still beating.

Rachel Ayers has a Creative Writing major from Pittsburg State University.  Her novelette "Sister and Serpent" won Honorable Mention in the L. Ron Hubbard Writers of the Future Contest, and her story "Job Hunting" won First Prize in the 2010 HarperCollins Radiant Prose contest.

Cover: Amanda Bergloff @AmandaBergloff

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