"Cage-Free"

Written By

Sharmon Gazaway

Pith-white, brittle, hard

alone in the clutch, nothing

About your plain shell


Porous yet so secretive

Hints at the gold cupped inside you

Sharmon is from the deep south where she lives in the woods and leaves her dead trees standing as habitat for pileated woodpeckers. She writes both literary and speculative stories and poetry. You can find her work online in Daily Science

FictionLove Letters to PoeNew Mythsmicroverses.net : OctavosWelter, The Society of Classical Poets, Backchannels, Tiny Spoon, Third Wednesday, and elsewhere. Her work was selected by Rhonda Parrish for an anthology, Dark Waters, to be released in the fall of 2021.