Market Cantrip by Jane Røken

Market Cantrip

Tartary talismans, tallyho spells,
tarragon, mandrake and goldenseal,
ironstone, snakestone, merry thunderstone,
blades like mirrors and fateful laughter,
flying lizards and wheels in the sky;
quicksilver, sleepsilver, mercury sovereigns,
ruby-glass lanterns, nine-angled dreams –
Don’t sell it, don’t sell it,
you’ll bind it upon you;
don’t sell it, don’t sell it,
give it away.


Jane Røken lives in Denmark, on the interface between hedgerows and barley fields. She is fond of old tractors, garden sheds, scarecrows and other stuff that will ripen into something else. Her writings can be seen in many very different places, most recently Antiphon, Jellyfish Whispers, Lowestoft Chronicle, Snakeskin, and The Stare’s Nest.

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