Evan James Sheldon

I’LL CREATE

I’ll create

a mythology

of self. I’ll be

dragon. I’ll be

goblin. I’ll be

rock. I’ll be

fortress

wide & offering

succor. I’ll be

dark side

of the moon—

perhaps defender,

back turned

to this light,

face blazing

beneath a million

others. I’ll be

good pastor,

calm pasture,

gaping chasm. I’ll be

all this and nothing

more. I am

growing

soon to be

brimming

with newness.

 Evan James Sheldon’s work has appeared in Pithead Chapel, Pif, CHEAP POP, Spelk, Levee, Roanoke Review, and Ghost City Review, among others. He is a junior editor and outreach assistant for F(r)iction.