Josiah Nelson πŸ”ˆ

Imagine a purple city ruled by a giant

purple frog with a crown who dreams
of building the perfect sandcastle,
but must stay in her tower all day.

Imagine a kingdom of blue dragons
who pluck stars from the sky with their teeth
to keep their scales aglow. Imagine meteors

with sad faces flying through the night
to chase blue dragons, because their
steadfast friends are fading swiftly

and they want to say goodbye. Imagine
a romp of silver otters in black water
waiting for the right moment to kiss

the moon. Imagine an insomniac desert
who yearns to once again feel paws
sculpting cities of her perfect skin.

Imagine that giant purple frog with a crown
dying of quiet heartbreak and burning into ashes
encased in an urn set on an oak table

at a funeral officiated by the angel-
wolf, who broke up with the desert
because she fell in love with a blur of light.

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About the Author

Josiah Nelson holds an MFA from the University of Saskatchewan, where he teaches creative writing. His work has appeared (or is forthcoming) in Contemporary Verse 2, Grain, Hunger Mountain, The Rumpus, Sonora Review, and South Dakota Review. He won third place in Fractured Lit’s Monsters, Mystery, and Mayhem Prize, and has been nominated for Best of the Net and the Pushcart Prize. He’s currently working on his first collection of poems, which is being generously supported by the Saskatchewan Arts Board. He lives in Saskatoon, Canada.