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๐—ฅ๐˜‚๐—ฑ๐—ฒ ๐—”๐˜„๐—ฎ๐—ธ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด

by Kate Meyer-Currey



Let me spin you a tale

Of a hundred yearsโ€™

Dreaming. I did not

Lie idle for all that

Spellbound time but

Wove a tapestry of

Briars to adorn the

Sleeping chamber of

My mind. Nightmareโ€™s

Thorny thicket was

My pleasure-garden:

I was not ensnared

But free to fabricate

My own enchantment

Of soft-napped mossy

Meadows and tufted

Lawns, knotted with

Flowers and fountains

Whose corded jets

Twined and purled

Beside my tented

Bed. I set heraldic

Beasts free from

Shielded cages to

Sit at my feet; the

Lion purred and

Pawed my jewelled

Hem and the unicorn

Was my chosen

Companion, bound

To me with a plaited

Girdle of my golden

Hair. I conjured serving

Maids to share my

Creation; to tease

Burrs from my lapdogโ€™s

Fleecy pelt or to groom

My chattering monkey;

All were necessary

Detail to my decorative

Retinue, as were the

Timid hares and song

Birds who hovered

Overhead. I reigned,

Inviolate, over my

Private realm; I required

No so-called happy

Ending. The Prince

Was not part of my

Design; merely an

Unwanted intruder

From a manโ€™s world;

A figment of patriarchal

Imagination, threatened

By my pleasurable

Solitude. It ended with

A rude awakening; rent

By his hacking sword.

Now, Iโ€™m captive, under

The stifling canopy of

A bridal bed; a snoring

Man beside me. Iโ€™m

Bewitched by a dream

Of freedom under the

Tight-knit boughs of

Deathโ€™s impenetrable

Forest, my spine laced

By brambles; my skull

Crowned with roses.




Kate Meyer-Currey was born in 1969 and moved to Devon in 1973. A varied career in frontline settings has fuelled her interest in gritty urbanism, contrasted with a rural upbringing. Her ADHD also instils a sense of โ€˜otherโ€™ in her life and writing. Publications include: โ€œFamily Landscape: Colchester 1957โ€ (Not Very Quiet, 2020), โ€œInvocationโ€ (Whimsical Poet, 2021), โ€œFear the reaper,โ€ (Red Wolf Journal, 2021), and more.



Speculative fiction & POETRY ZINE
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