to put aside all fear

to put aside all fear – Jennifer Mace

I have cradled
this berry
in the palms of
my hands.

it is heavy
with seeds.

one day I will plant it
in the dirt beneath my fingernails
and watch as the roots unfurl
beneath my skin.

in the thudding roar
of iron, I
will be cored through
like a waterfall,
as a mountain is
by lichen.

Jennifer Mace is a queer Brit who roams the Pacific Northwest in search of tea and interesting plant life. A graduate of the Viable Paradise workshop, she writes about strange magic and the cracks that form in society. Her short fiction has appeared in Cast of Wonders and the anthology Skies of Wonder, Skies of Danger. Find her online at