by on Jan 12, 2018 in Poetry | 0 comments

When you are done with wizardry,

when each breath wearies you:

choose your ground;

consider the ways of water,

of root, branch, bark.


After bending the world to your will,

after waging war for kings:

choose your final form;

willow, or oak, or larch;

shape the spell.


After knowledge, wisdom;

after language, quiet:

rain, wind, dirt;

an intrusion of beetles;

the unlearning of your name.


Mary Soon Lee was born and raised in London, but now lives in Pittsburgh. Her short stories have appeared in Analog, F&SF, Interzone, Lightspeed, and several Year’s Best anthologies. She has won the Elgin Award and the Rhysling Award for her poetry, and, in August, had 119 haiku in Science, one for each element of the periodic table. She has an antiquated website at






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