by Lorraine Schein
In her Book of Shadows, the witch pasted the penumbra of the Earth
during lunar eclipse with milky white glue.
To the next page, she stapled the lingering shadow of last night’s dream
with the new crescent’s sharp silver points.
In her Book of Shadows, she sutured in the X-ray shadow
of a woman she had cursed with disease.
Next to that, she glued her cat’s shadow: familiar fluid silhouette.
On the last page, she clipped the shadows the rising flames will cast on their faces
as they watch her burn.
Under it, she wrote a spell for changing all shadows into lovers who never leave you,
save you from the pyre to bed you at twilight forever.
Lorraine Schein is a New York writer. Her work has appeared in Gargoyle, Strange Horizons, Nonbinary Review, Mad Scientist Journal, Evil Girlfriend Media, and the anthologies Gigantic Worlds, Aphrodite Terra, and Mosaics: An Anthology of Independent Women. Her poetry book, The Futurist’s Mistress, is available from mayapplepress.com.