Fierce-As-Red-Hair and Fly-As-A-Fox
from the liminal's edge came to pick the locks
dressed in their frills
for thrills and kills
they opened the door
and live here still.
Fly-As-A-Fox and Fierce-As-Red-Hair
can spin windershins and dance on green air
with nightshade brows
and bones of mouse
they climbed the steps of
the January house.
Fly and Fierce have a skull that sings
have pleated blue smocks and onyx rings
on the balcony standing with little sharp things
that gleam by moon's eye
where you cannot pass by
unless you dance
with Fierce and Fly.
Don't splash through the mud where the lily nods.
Don't go to a church where you don't know the gods.
There's no time to pray
and the blood has its way
when Fierce and Fly
come out to play.
Note: The flowering plant below the girls in this picture is agapanthus, or Lily of the Nile, native to South Africa. It is not a lily, and not from the Nile tho it does like a warm climate and a moist soil.
Image: color (not colorized) photograph from 1908, author unknown, manipulated