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the madrigal, volume iii

Fire Fox Volta

by lj ireton

They are nimble, dainty dancers

Of the dark,
The kings of the galliard -

Lifting and landing,

Paws lightly tapping
The forest floor
In supple, soot-black boots.

Top hats dip to the night

Before tip toe, tip toe

Bronze bodies bow

Black noses kiss

And flames of fur
Hop in tailored silk coats.

Lithe over leaves
They leap,

Choreographed sparks of

Tail tips

Writing fire letters orange

Into the midnight blue.

Deep in the dawn woods
As ink blue pales,
Their brushed red silhouettes


Behind branches

And eyelids.

LJ is a poet from London. She has a 1st Class B.A. Honours in English Language and Literature from The University of Liverpool. Her historical poetry was published in the April 2021 Marble Poetry Broadsheet. Her nature poems have recently been published by Minnow Literary Magazine, Eucalyptus & Rose Literary Magazine, Chasing Shadows Literary Magazine and Green Ink Poetry. Her fantasy poetry will be published in July by Noctivagant Press.