Crystal and Rainbow

by Mary E. Lowd

Originally published in New Myths, December 2019

“Your colors are escaping your glittering crystal exoskeleton too. Because you’re afraid too.”

I am a cracked crystal vase holding a rainbow cloud.  The colors leak out through the cracks. The crystal is too rigid; it can’t contain them. The colors are too strong, too big. Too bold. And the crystal is precise. It desperately wants — no, needs — to be precise. But the colors have no patience.  They can’t wait for precision. They happen. Whether the crystal is ready to contain them or not. Continue reading “Crystal and Rainbow”