Better Than Wellingtons

Better than Wellingtons
Sylvia Santiago

My seven-league boots
have stacked heels
for long journeys
on beaten paths
and forked roads.

Fashioned from selkie pelts
they repel water snow salt
also mud
and blood.

whether foe or fallen apple
are kicked curbside
or crushed beneath
my heels.

A trail of shiny red skin
shows where I’ve been.

Sylvia Santiago’s writing has recently appeared in Uncanny Magazine and in Immersion: An Asian Anthology of Love, Fantasy, and Speculative Fiction. Find her on Twitter @sylviasays2.