Hot Metal Bridge

Current Issue : Number Twenty-Five

Witch at the homestead



I, too, am ancestral. Monstrous. Snails for eyes, good for lord-knows-what. You are just so very quiet, says the person I’ve been speaking to. Oh apocalypse in her clean blue dress. Oh rusted light. Surely I wished to be as I am, but I never wished for this. My mother carried pails of waste to pack under fruit trees, between rows of tomato and corn. Her own mother wrapped newborn goats in table linen. Dear myth-maker, dear field of bees: god’s name is thief. We have matched her bone for bone.


Melissa Atkinson Mercer is the author of the chapbooks Storm Was Her Voice (forthcoming, Dancing Girl Press, 2016) and After the Miracle Season, which will be published by ELJ Publications in 2017 as part of their Esperanza Editions, a series focusing on mental health awareness. Her work has also been published or is forthcoming in Hermeneutic Chaos Literary Journal and Rust+Moth. She has an M.F.A. from West Virginia University and currently lives in the mountains of North Carolina between a cemetery and a trout stream.