August 2022 Issue: "Weather Spells"
The wind and the waves
echoed her heart-
constant and pure.
The storm was her
soul-wild and untamed...
And when the tempest
raged around her,
she faced it
until the rainbow appeared
and a new beginning was born.
While whispers of wind
of the past
and scattered thoughts
of a different time and place
through her mind.
It was then that she
formed her most powerful spell;
The weather spell
that no living creature could stop,
and she once more
remembered her true name.
Mab stepped out of the shadows
and her raindrop crown
glittered with the power
of eternal starlight.
~ A. Bergloff
Weather echoes the human heart, and we are connected to it. The ever changing weather of the seasons brings calm days and turbulent ones, much like how our hearts can experience love and joy, and also, tribulation and sadness. It is through experiencing and enduring all aspects of the weather around us, and the seasons that we carry inside our hearts, that balance is found and the beautiful spell of life goes on.
This month, The Fairy Tale Magazine is presenting two stories and three poems in the final issue in our series of "weather-works" for 2022 that explore some element of weather - from rain to wind to snow and beyond.
So, please enjoy, and as always dear readers...
- Kate, Amanda, and Kelly
We wait at the borders for mortals
to remember the reckoning of time .. The Weather Witches Kelly Jarvis
My son wishes to wed
the Moon's eldest daughter... Hounds of the Heavens Rose Q. Addams
Our birthplaces crumble while we ride on swans' wings... The Snow Queens
of Southern California Marisca Pichette
Don't stir the pot, child, don't coax the wind or tempt the rain... Curious Emma Liz Bragdon
The heat of summer continues to elude me... The Song of the Rain
Faniyi Oluwatomiwa Elijah
MUSIC Sharing some rainy,
weather-themed classical music
accompany this issue:
ALL COPYRIGHT to the written works in this issue belong to the individual authors.
Editor-in-Chief ~ Kate Wolford Art Director ~ Amanda Bergloff Special Projects Writer ~ Kelly Jarvis
Cover Painting ~ by Frederic Leighton, 1892
Graphics ~ Amanda Bergloff