Cold Weather Accessories for Imaginary Creatures

by Kris Herndon and Lorraine Schein

This poem previously appeared in Star*Line, Spring 2019

Illustration by Kris Herndon

The winter mermaid
wears an infinity scarf,
fingerless gloves,
and a neoprene tail warmer.

© Copyright Kris Herndon and Lorraine Schein

Kris Herndon is a writer, musician and artist whose byline has appeared in The New York Times, Reader’s Digest, Entrepreneur, Wired, Metropolis, Think, Stop Smiling, Paste, Art Papers, Architecture Boston, and many other publications. Find her at @herndy on Twitter and Instagram, and see more of her work at

Lorraine Schein is a New York writer. Her work has appeared in VICE, Terraform, Strange Horizons, Enchanted Conversation, NewMyths, and Eye to the Telescope, and in the anthologies Tragedy Queens: Stories Inspired by Lana del Rey & Sylvia Plath and XVIII: Stories of Mischief & Mayhem. The Futurist’s Mistress, her poetry book, is available from Mayapple Press:

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