tree nymph rice paper butterfly
by Ross (Dragon)
by Mela Blust
think about what they take
think about how you let them
this is how we are raised
a temple of loneliness praying to
think about what is gained
oh, but think about
what has been lost
if you are a dead butterfly in a jar
at least you were pretty enough
now, dream about what comes next
oh, now, but
don’t dream too far
it is the thin lines that separate
what we were from
what we have become
Mela Blust is Florida raised. She has always had an affinity for dark things. Her work has appeared in Anti Heroin Chic, The Rye Whiskey Review, Nixes Mate Review, Califragile, Little Rose Magazine, and The Magnolia Review, and is forthcoming in Rust+Moth, Abstract Magazine, Ink in Thirds, and Third Wednesday Magazine.
Ross (Dragon) is a poet, fiction writer, musician and photographer. Always crafting unique metaphors and similes, he imbues an evocative writing style with potent imagery and symbolism, often exhuming his own past to uncloak the dark beauty it guards.
He enjoys reading space opera and poetry, and inhales most genres of music, from the blues to death metal. When armed with his camera, he hunts down the golden hour, powerful contrast, painfully vibrant colour and piercing lines.
You can find some of his free, accessible poetry on Instagram: @delphicdragon and chat to him under the same handle on Twitter.