Scaling leaves cocoon

waxy, supple stems that wake

in crystalline mud.  


Green shards pierce the loam

rhizomes of repetition

unfurl life anew.



Shelly Jones, PhD (she/her/hers) is an Associate Professor of English at SUNY Delhi, where she teaches classes in mythology, folklore, and writing. Her speculative work has previously appeared in Podcastle, New Myths, The Future Fire, and elsewhere. Find her on Twitter @shellyjansen.