There are two sides:
Mercy knows before she shows
And Mercy is always right.
Mercy shows before she knows
And Mercy is never right

Her eyes have shone
But not as bright.
Her mind has known
But not as much.
Green frame of grass
On daylight time –

* poem, in its entirety, is available in the printed version of the current issue


Mazzy Sleep is a 10-year-old from Toronto who began writing during the pandemic. She has written over 1,000 dark fantasy/horror poems and short stories, as well as two feature screenplays and a novella. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Rattle Young Poets Anthology, the Margins, Maudlin House, Defunct, and Jellyfish Review, among other publications (see

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