Richard King Perkins II is a state-sponsored advocate for residents in long-term care facilities. He lives in Crystal Lake, IL, USA with his wife, Vickie and daughter, Sage. He is a three-time Pushcart nominee and a Best of the Net nominee whose work has appeared in more than a thousand publications.

Apothecary

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To an undersized woodland of sherbet and pastel, she comes. Ritual herbs gathered in a pleated apron, vitalizing her ancient medicines. With a sachet of time, yarrow and bay, tea of rosebuds, bath of mimosa— she releases the energy of the seed, the maidenhood of life, as one. The resonance, the unnamable power. Recreating abandoned pathways, sh[...]