I know where my fey lover goes amid roses of May’s unruly month. Impious winds of Winter’s ailing, trailing kisses colder than ghosts: Sunlight ripe as love’s first flush catches thrushes in courting throes. Flowers that flourish in lush throng, Oaken King & May’s Queen aglow: She whose womb all being contains, He whose beard with green leaves grows. I see where my sídhe lover goes amid roses of May’s unruly month: See their sylvan smile flare from bowers heady, as though in boast. Freely would I follow there, paying toll only of my petty mortal soul: As Mab & all her coterie know, Love’s cost must always be whole.
[Scott J. Couturier is a Rhysling-nominated poet and prose writer of the weird, liminal, and darkly fantastic. His work has appeared in numerous venues, including The Audient Void, Spectral Realms, Tales from the Magician’s Skull, Space and Time Magazine, Cosmic Horror Monthly, and Weirdbook. His first collection of Weird fiction, The Box, will be released June 2022 by Hybrid Sequence Media; his collection of autumnal & folk horror verse, I Awaken In October, is forthcoming fall 2022 from Jackanapes Press. Currently he works as a copy and content editor for Mission Point Press, living an obscure reverie in the wilds of northern Michigan with his partner/live-in editor and two cats.]