Category: Legends

The Horse

This moment is insignificant. She is standing by the study door, the carpet plush between her small toes. In one hand she holds the broken remains of a wooden horse; the other curls around the hem of her dark blue nightgown. Though it is her parents on the other side, she is afraid. The horse […]

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This Moment

This is significant, this moment. Not all moments are. Some are forgotten, even in the middle of them; some simply slip away, drifting through memories like echoes of moments that have come before. Some stick, though. Some draw lines in the sand and declare themselves, some say, “This is who you will be.” The edges […]

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Life Can Be A Story

“Once upon a time, the world was a lawless place. Beautiful people nursed evil in their hearts, and ugly children grew into ugly adults, no matter that they were pure of heart. Girls who wished upon a star might never find true love, and a peasant born would a peasant remain. A person might have […]

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The Shadow Lantern Dance

When the shadow lanterns’ shadows dance, wise men stay abed. When dark dreams slip their masters’ leash, children hide their heads. Someone has lit the shadow lamps. He can see them, scattered through the forest. Their white paper glows against dark black bark, and the figures printed on their skin are stark and clear. On […]

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The Storm Crows

Wise ones learn to know the storms. One. Hoofbeats like thunder. A press in the air, the desperation of a thousand hungry men. Copper and steel, raw throats, dirt churned to mud underfoot. The first is war. Two. It starts with whispers; the wise feel it coming, duck their heads and go to ground. Soon […]

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The Fairy Woods

Do you dare to walk in the fairy woods? Do not be afraid. The light falls softly here, and dreams slip through the leaves like wind, whispering their addictive songs. You will listen to them, no matter how much cotton you stuff between your ears; they always listen, in the end, for dreams are not […]

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In the Beginning

In the beginning, there was man. Which, of course, is completely nonsensical. If life comes from woman, shouldn’t woman come first? In the beginning, there was woman. Then again, woman might be the place where life begins, but she can no more create it on her own than man can heat sperm in an oven […]

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Cast in Bronze

They spoke of her in whispers; if at all. Her name was a curse they feared, her story too full of resonances to be spoken. Deep dark things call to each other, they said; and the fighting light calls them even more powerfully. Instead they drew her face in broad strokes on their garden walls; […]

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The Fable of the Bear

My mother used to tell me the fable of the mother bear and its cub. The story is a simple one – a mother bear tells its child that it is time to sleep for the winter, but the little cub doesn’t understand the wisdom of its mother; it doesn’t feel sleep weigh heavy on […]

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Be Still

Original published in Crow Toes Quarterly, a now defunct magazine. Once upon a time, in a small house on a quiet street, with a big oak tree and robin’s-egg-blue shutters, there lived a little girl. She was no more than ten and no less than five, and she loved her mother and her aunt and […]

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