He touches her with story,
pleasures her with old tales
and the secrets of calfskin bindings.
He comes to her from the shelves,
ink stains on his cheek
and dust on his coattails.
He compliments her, saying
her ear is shaped like a scroll,
the fine lines on her brow
like pages in his beloved tomes.
And she writes on his back
with a pale finger:
I give you all my stories,
my soul burns as Alexandria.
Jennifer Crow’s work has appeared in a number of print and online venues, including Jabberwocky, Goblin Fruit, and Mythic Delirium. She lives with her family near a waterfall in western New York.