Posts Tagged ‘Jennifer Crow’

What Devours Us

We leave home—

Wander the woods,

Lose the trail,

Find the cottage.


Hunger gnaws

In our bellies

Until we fill

The hollow places


With stale gingerbread

And crumbling icing.

We smell smoke

Like the memory


Of autumn: burnt meat

And charred leaves

And a wildfire sweeping

Through stubbled fields.


The witch returns,

Always, rage

Its own starvation,

Greed a compass


Pointing to flesh.

We brush crumbs

From our lips, hide

Behind trees—but


She traps us,

Winding our appetites

Like a web.

When we tip her


Into the oven,

Her screams stop

And she sizzles,

Dying. We forget


The taste of hunger

Because something

Takes its place:

The witch’s hat


Fits perfectly,

And her words

Slide off our tongues

Like hot grease

Or melting syrup.


— Jennifer Crow


Shy and nocturnal, Jennifer Crow has rarely been photographed in the wild, but it’s rumored that she lives near a waterfall in western New York. You can find her poetry on several websites and in various print magazines including Asimov’s Science Fiction, Uncanny Magazine, and The Future Fire. She’s always happy to connect with readers on her Facebook author page or on twitter @writerjencrow.


Editor’s Notes: The image is “Hansel and Gretel” (Angela De Reis, on Pinterest).