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La Vie En Rose

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La Vie En Rose

by Gretchen Tessmer


brush of silver fish
black fish
skimming water
lazy eyes-in-glass
fittings, filtered in pastel
watercolors cupped by
fountains of red
water, not blood
(no, not exactly)
but stained in blackberry
shades of gowns
grown in damp glades
worn by dark-haired
dryads in (more active)
daggers drawn
and ready
to rid the woods
of iron-boned
and oil-soaked monsters
wherever found—
bodies drowned
and offered up
to entropy


Gretchen Tessmer is a writer/attorney based in the U.S./Canadian borderlands of Northern New York. Her work has most recently appeared or will appear in Andromeda Spaceways Magazine, Star*Line, Abyss & Apex, and Nature: Futures.


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