Gingerbread House Lit Mag

Orb Weaver

There’s a boy standing in the light
at the end of the forest,

some newfound splinter of radiance
dislodging the humdrum winter,

spilling the freshness of summer
onto the decaying sheets,

the mercurial engines of sleep
with their dream-chug logic.

Beautiful spider. Empathetic changeling.

What must I do to touch the cold fire
burning in your hands?

When can I hear the secret music
you’ve been weaving through the shadows?

How many days have you stolen
from the glint of passing eyes?

Seth Jani

Seth Jani lives in Seattle, WA and is the founder of Seven CirclePress ( Their work has appeared in The American Poetry JournalChiron ReviewGhost City ReviewRust+Moth and Pretty Owl Poetry, among others. Their full-length collection, Night Fable, was published by FutureCycle Press in 2018.  Visit them at

Artwork:  Mikalojus Konstantinas Ciurlionis, fourth in a series, “Sonata of the Sun,” 1907.

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