Manzano Mountain Review is an online New Mexico literary journal affiliated with UNM-Valencia.

Child's Play

by Nancy Jentsch

Winter branches backlit
by the moon weave
unplottable patterns
of warp and weft:
the witch’s ladder
she could tiptoe
down to the crack
in the devil’s crossroad
unleash infernal laughter
at the loser of a child’s game
But icy moonsnow
frosts the ground
to bite the witch’s toes
should she attempt
to snatch a child’s soul

Nancy Jentsch has taught for over thirty years at Northern Kentucky University. She has published scholarly articles, short fiction and poetry in journals such as Blinders, Eclectica and Journal of Kentucky Studies. Her chapbook, Authorized Visitors, and seven poems in the chapbook Frame and Mount the Sky appeared in 2017.