In lieu of an abstract, here is a brief excerpt of the content:

  • Fireflies and Fairytales
  • Mary Rogers (bio)

I want to live on the edge of the world surrounded by forest and stream. I will foretell of fortuneswith the throwing of runes—carved bone harvested from the forest floor. I will write poetry andnovels from a nook in a cave before napping with the wolves. I will brew elderberry syrup asarnica oil rests on the window sill, alongside homemade apple pie. There will be herbs andflowers from foraging hanging from the rafters—lavender and sage.

I will forage and introduce myself to the woods—greeting each plant and herb and tree by name.I will sew white curtains while drinking tea from a cup of stars. The only sounds will be from thewoods and the daily whistle of the kettle scattered somewhere between water, wind-chimes, andthe song of my soul sung in harmony with the birds and the trees.

I will spend my spring clearing and planting neat little rows. Fall will bring the harvest and I willhave a cellar full of Mason jars—brimming with the bounty of summer. I will make strawberryand plum jam to eat with clotted cream on biscuits rolled and patted with flour—baked a perfectgolden brown. I will splurge on peach cobbler with blackberry-stained fingertips.

My home will smell of plant and earth and freshly baked cookies. I will bathe in the streamsunder the light of the moon. I will dance in open fields with the fireflies, fairies, and sprites. Iwill wander with the guidance of raven and hawk. I will stop to rest in meadows basking inwildflowers. I will collect and chop wood and I will commune daily with the ancestors. I willlight candles and hearth while making crown wreaths full of baby’s breath, acorns, sunflowers,and leaves. And I shall forever dream under the stars illuminating the milky way. [End Page 67]

Mary Rogers

Mary Rogers is a writer and has been published in several online publications as well being a contributing writer to the anthology, We Will Not Be Silenced: The Lived Experience of Sexual Harassment and Sexual Assault Told Powerfully Through Poetry, Prose, Essay, and Art. Her writings have been featured on Elephant Journal, Gathering Stories, House of Citrine, Huffington Post, The OC87 Recovery Diaries,, The Tattooed Buddha, and The Urban Howl. Passionate in all that she does, her favorite pastime is getting naked on paper.