the twenty-fourth

ODE TO MS. PAC MAN

 

Who is this hero with the red
bow chased by ghosts,  
relentlessly following,
skittering around corners,
haunting every level
of her labyrinthian life
until, emboldened, she turns
on them, devouring specters,
spectators of her many pasts,  
and begin her adventure 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.

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