Flat grey stone, holed through its core.
Some call it adderstone, say it comes
from stings of snakes. Others call it
witch stone, good to ward off nightmares,
keep the dark at bay.
Its real power, when we look through
this unyielding spyglass,
is to burn the masks away,
show things and people as they really are
stripped bare in light of day.
Susan Castillo Street is an international woman of mystery. She has published two collections of poems, The Candlewoman’s Trade (2003), Abiding Chemistry, (2015), and a pamphlet Constellations (2016), and has also published work in several leading journals and anthologies. She is owned by two cats.