10:1: “Soul Streets”, by Mari Ness

10:1: “Soul Streets”, by Mari Ness

Oh, these streets aren’t for fairy tales,
for tiny glass slippers and sweet kissing roses,
for tales of beauty transforming some beasts.
These streets are for work. For money.
For unpaid bills. For cars. For wasting
endless time waiting at endless lights.
For bikes, for food, for tired feet.

But watch the grasses pushing through the concrete,
the pale flower clinging to the street,
the hum of the cars, the ongoing drumbeats.
Sure, we may not have fairies
in this concrete and steel.
But be careful.
We’ve got streets
with the threat of a soul.


Mari Ness occasionally wonders if fairies are stealing cookies from the cupboard, since, clearly, she couldn’t have eaten that many of them. Her work has appeared in multiple other places, including Fantasy Magazine, Goblin Fruit, Hub Fiction, and Shine: An Anthology of Optimistic Science Fiction. She lives in central Florida. You can follow her on Twitter at @mari_ness, or for longer ramblings, at mariness.livejournal.com.

Mari Ness is our featured poet this month. You can read an interview with her here.



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