Cajun Mutt Press Featured Writer 08/24/20

The Empress

she’s a spinning needle
in the emerald lake

her belly a medallion
to the sun, an exaltation

of larks, fair her fingers
tattoo of the water

her face a dream for
lancelot and ivy bower

under her a cool current
rocks a celtic lullaby

above her a keening wail:
the bagpipe sun bleeds

through the veil of her
eyes in a patchwork red

on the bank an old tree
pulls up her skirt, leans

over roses, her hair a splay
of fern, her skin a moss

a wreath of tiny stars
her throne a winding branch:

the lady of the lake
and all the beasts

©2020 Sherre Vernon All rights reserved.

Sherre Vernon is an educator, a seeker of a mystical grammar, and a 2019 recipient of the Parent-Writer Fellowship at MVICW. She has two award-winning chapbooks: Green Ink Wings (prose) and The Name is Perilous (poetry). Readers describe Sherre’s work as heartbreaking, richly layered, lyrical and intelligent. To read more of her work visit

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