Lords of the In-Between

Jane Yolen

Not the border guards,
lazy in their hate,
Scratching themselves like dogs
in the garden, fouling it.

Not the bureaucrats
in their high castles,
afraid to look down upon the streets
fearing the fall.

The true Lords of the In-Between
are the children, ready to step
on the lines, on the cracks,
breathe the space between dreams.

They are Loki in his human form,
black-feathered Raven,
Anansi Spider dancing along
the world wide web.

We grow old and do not dream.
We nap our little lives away
who once looked in the crow’s dark eye,
and saw a galaxy of expanding stars.



Jane Yolen’s 380th published book is about to come out. She sends out poems to journals on a regular basis and has quite a few in sf/fantasy magazines as well. She is a Grand Master of SFPA (Science Fiction/Fantasy Poets of America), as well as a Grandmaster of SFWA and World Fantasy Assn. She has won the Nebula two times, Mythopoeic Award three times, and been nominated (but never won) for the Hugo several times. Six colleges & universities have given her honorary doctorates for her body of work.