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2022 Issue  >  Poetry  >  Invoking Ares

"Her Majesty" by Michael Heath

Invoking Ares

Mikayla Faivre

Emerald smudges splattered

among teak timber


Transparent droplets

cascading down tan skin


Luminous splashes of lunar light

irradiate the carnage


A contradiction

to dull earth


Halting silence

flashes of amber blaze


Corpses plunging

back to Mother


Crimson ribbons

no longer hidden


Blistering infernal heat

yet somehow

chilled to the marrow

Mikayla Faivre is from North Freedom, Wisconsin, and is majoring in Animal Science. She has always been enamored by storytelling and spends her spare time reading or writing. Mikayla is a recipient of the David Cole Award in Creative Writing. This is her second year as an editor for the Spirit Lake ReviewFind her on Instagram:

Michael Heath is proud to call beautiful Baraboo, WI his adopted home. He enjoys photographing the Sauk County and state landscapes. A longtime social worker in Wisconsin, Michael currently works as a Resource Specialist at the Coalition for Children, Youth & Families where he supports foster, adoptive, and relative caregivers throughout Wisconsin. Visit

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