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  • Weather Spells August 2022 Issue

The Snow Queens of Southern California by Marisca Pichette

In place of wedding rings

we stood toe to toe

& drove twin icicles into our eyes.

I saw like her & she

saw me flaking

into an arctic wind.

Frostbitten lips kiss best.

In her sleigh bed of ice

we tangle under snow sheets

kissing away the wildfires

that sent us flying

away & up &

away from all we made

in cinders

& ash.

Our birthplaces crumble

while we ride on swans’ wings

promising to try better

than melted crowns

staining black tears

on our cheeks.

Marisca Pichette's work has appeared in Strange Horizons, Fireside Magazine, Room Magazine, Ligeia Magazine, Enchanted Living, and Plenitude Magazine, among others. Her debut poetry collection, Rivers in Your Skin, Sirens in Your Hair, is forthcoming from Android Press in Spring 2023.


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