The Adventure Begins (Again)

I wrote you onto
the back of the book
so that I never
forget where I began.

As the sun sinks
russet pink on Market,
I’m reminded of
a tiny room
with no physical windows,
but where between equations,
I dreamed a creation—
a world across the stars
where characters with magic
might discover who they are.

I wonder often
what I’d say to
my younger self
if I could speak to
them, knowing
what I know now…
but the truth is
that I’d just smile
from a distance
and rest in the knowing
that every mistake
they are destined to make
will lead them to this life
that’s more glorious and grand
than they could ever imagine

STILL THE STARS, Elayna’s debut YA fantasy novel in verse, is available now wherever books are sold.

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Featured photo by Elayna Mae Darcy © 2022

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