Shadows Into Light

Kythryne Aisling

I made a necklace about you.
Counted out beads like words,
linked them, glass and stone –
the wire will hold.
There are stories in it that
we haven’t even begun to write.

I warned you that loving an artist
means nothing is sacred.
I will spill our hearts
into the words of a poem,
the twists of wire,
the notes of a song.

This is what we do as artists –
watch, listen, bear witness.
hold history in our hands
(Holy, holy, holy.)
Sing away the shadows.

Some love poems
are a hundred beads long.

I wrote a necklace about you.













Photo Credit: Christopher Clauss


Kythryne Aisling is a jeweler, performance poet, musician, fiber artist, parent, weightlifter, and brain tumor survivor. Her favorite art form is interstitiality and she has collaborated with S.J. Tucker, Erin Morgenstern, Catherynne Valente, M.C.A. Hogarth, Amal El-Mohtar, C.S.E. Cooney, Caitlyn Paxson, Saira Ali, Shira Lipkin, and others. Forgetting things is her superpower and she is inordinately fond of glitter. Her jewelry can be found at and she tweets about anything that crosses her mind at @wyrdingstudios.