Possibly, I’m misusing geology here. (I know I’m slightly misquoting Donne, promise.) If so, I’m going to call it artistic license. You can do that, right? Retroactively claim that if something violates a law of physics it’s okay because it’s magic. Or whatever system you have in place to deal with logical flaws.

Anyway, it’s strange how much and yet how little you resemble your family. And when something happens (events elicit a metamorphosis, in both Kafka and geology) you all change, but not always in the same fashion.

*   *   *   *

No One is an Island

Poured from the same fire

seized by the same pressure

formed of the same rock



and captured by the same sea

So much sameness

from stony skeleton to verdant skin


each island breathes alone

an unconnected


About Caitlin Stern

I have a MA in English, and have so many fantasy/urban fantasy WIPs it's not even funny. I'm an avid reader of science fiction, fantasy, mystery, romance, biography, fiction, and anything else that catches my interest. I collect books, and bookmarks I find that are visually appealing and useful.

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