Sijo for Lovers Beneath the Earth | by Rick Hollon

Cavern dark, a dungeon chill
        draws warriors and sorcerers
to campfires, shy agreements
        of shared bedrolls, comparing scars.
Dawn glimmers as they stagger out,
        shyness lost in fresh bandages.

Beeper Peddle is a writer and healer living on the East Coast. She lives with her partner and their beloved soul puppy. Beeper writes about sorrows, lies, and deep loves. When you read her work, you will dip down into her heart and end up in all manner of body parts. Should you find yourself reflected in these words, it is merely coincidence; however, it does not surprise her you share the same heart. Find her at and @beeperpeddle on Twitter and Instagram

Rick Hollon (they/them or fey/fem) is a nonbinary intersex queer author, editor, and parent from the American Midwest. Feir work has appeared or is forthcoming in several small-press publications, including perhappened, Prismatica, (mac)ro(mic), and Collective Realms. Find them on Twitter @SailorTheia.