For the Gardener’s Daughter

If I am Hades, my char’iot splintered
When I met you; my cold bones ignited
With heat, bright, that in my chest had wintered
Through storms of cities, my own heart blighted.
Your fingers’ warmth, your sighs, I’d sew them here—
Imprinting flesh and bone with golden thread,
So they might linger beyond half the year
When only cooling shadows grace my bed.
Now seeded in me and fast consuming
The fertile heartground I’d not known I had,
This lust for sunlight, rebel’iously blooming
Is enough to drive a conqueror mad—
Fool enough to wish a kingdom away,
I would swallow death whole to make you stay.

(Editors’ Note: “For the Gardener’s Daughter” is read by Amal El–Mohtar in the Uncanny Magazine Podcast, Episode 4A.)


Alyssa Wong

Alyssa Wong is an Asian American writer living in Raleigh, North Carolina. Her work has been published in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Nightmare Magazine, Strange Horizons, and, among others. Her short fiction has been nominated for multiple awards, including the Pushcart Prize, the Bram Stoker Award, the Shirley Jackson Award, the World Fantasy Award, and the Nebula Award twice. Alyssa can be found online at and on Twitter as @crashwong.

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