The Queen of Childhood by Christine Stephens-Krieger

When childhood
lost its queen,
everyone was sad
to see me go.
My light faded
from the scene.
Outside,
monsters.
They spun us round,
made statues of us.
One after another,
we were called.

Christine Stephens-Krieger finished her MFA at WMU and published a bunch of poems in the 90s. Her awards include first place in the Macguffin Michigan Poet Hunt and the Dyer-Ives Poetry Competition. She also appeared in the anthology: The Prepress Awards Volume II: Emerging Michigan Writers. She submerged after that, raised a child and taught herself to paint. Now she’s written a new book of poetry called What a World, What a World: A Life in Poems. So far in 2019, YES Poetry and Dime Show Review will publish poems from this collection.