Aphelion Issue 293, Volume 28
September 2023
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Planet of Wasps

by Meg Smith

I will wake, and revel
in the fire-copper of a new sky.
Above, in the splinters of trees,
a new moon is growing in the
scaffolding of paper, spit,
and sleepless sleep.
I will always wake, and raise my
arms to these new sentries,
storm of wings and dark, wise faces,
spinning a new and terrible cloud,
in a new and terrible cloud of worlds.

© 2024 Meg Smith

Meg Smith is a poet, writer, journalist, dancer and events producer living in Lowell, Mass. Her poems have appeared in The Cafe Review, Pudding, Poetry Bay,The Horror Zine, Silver Blade, Raven Cage, The Blue Hour Anthology, and many more.

Her short fiction collection The Plague Confessor is available at her online store! megsmithwriter.com

Her most recent poetry books, Pretty Green Thorns, Night's Island, This Scarlet Dancing and Dear Deepest Ghost, are available on Amazon.

Find more by Meg Smith in the Author Index.