Fall From Grace | Margaret Fieland

Fall From Grace

by Margaret Fieland


Fall From Grace

Devil in black and white

smiles down


on tan teak curves

of dining room table:


spoonfuls of clear cerise

Consomme Madrilene,


garlicky bites of lamb

garnished with mint jelly,


lemon-cloud mouthfuls

of Mom’s chiffon pie,


while Satan seduces Eve

with a pale outline of apple


Margaret Fieland has lived in the Boston area since 1978. She is an avid science fiction fan, and selected Robert A. Heinlein’s “Farmer in the Sky” for her tenth birthday, now long past. In spite of earning her living as a computer software engineer, she turned to one of her sons to put up the first version of her website, a clear indication of the computer generation gap. Thanks to her father’s relentless hounding, she can still recite the rules for pronoun agreement in both English and French. She can also write backwards and wiggle her ears. Her poems have appeared in journals such as Melusine, Front Range Review, and All Rights Reserved. She is the author of four science fiction novels and a collection of science fiction persona poems.