The Unseen

Edited by Julia Rios

Copyedited by Chelle Parker

March 2019

When fog comes in
fingertips pressing the windows,
it takes the distance first,
that mountain we always said we’d climb,
the tug in the harbor with its low horn,
the bridge’s spun cables,
its arches.
The fog removes our familiar horizons
with its pale hands
and keeps coming.

How do you fight fog?

It seeps beneath doorways, wraps your throat,
slipping into mouth and ears,
stealing sound until the ship’s horn becomes a sigh.
It comes for the houses, the doorknobs, the lights,
makes them soft, then holds them hidden.

But the tug knows to keep sounding,
the bridge plants its sturdy feet deep,
and you find your way out of doors
knowing the unseen mountain
is always there to climb.

© 2019 Fran Wilde

About the author

Fran Wilde

Fran Wilde’s novels and short stories have been nominated for three Nebula Awards and two Hugos, and include her Andre Norton- and Compton-Crook-winning debut novel, Updraft (Tor 2015), its sequels, Cloudbound (2016) and Horizon (2017), and the novelette “The Jewel and Her Lapidary” ( Publishing 2016). Her short stories appear in Asimov’s Science Fiction,, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Shimmer Magazine, Nature Futures, and the 2017 Year’s Best Dark Fantasy and Horror. She writes for publications including The Washington Post,, Clarkesworld,, and You can find her on Twitter, Facebook, and at