Mother Tornado

Mother Tornado
Melissa Frederick

My darlings:
the ground is yours
to manipulate.
Reach down
your untried arms
and twist.


Melissa Frederick is a writer and freelance medical editor from suburban Philadelphia. Her poetry and prose have appeared in numerous publications, including Strange Horizons, Mythic Delirium, Goblin Fruit, Mid-American Review, Moon City Review, Queen Mob’s Tea House, and matchbook and is forthcoming in The Magazine of Speculative Poetry. Her poetry chapbook, She, was published by Finishing Line Press in 2008. Follow her on Twitter at @msficklereader.