Persona July, 29th 2019 by

"What I Know" - By Mara Lemanis

What I Know
The earth loosed waves of carbon
to grow my thought
linked disks of iron
to grow my blood
these things engendered me
I know
thoughts trading gas
blood cycling mass
spun from ancient wastes
though what I know
knows me much more
stored deep inside
calderas spewing haze and humus
what my mind can’t devise
it dares to improvise
launch tall mythologies
stamped in scripture
–“In the beginning…”–
biblical oaths
dressed in legend
–“All’s well that ends well”—
pitched in proverbs
chains of letters words
thrown up against
the dark mesh of the sky
weaving a lodestar
to wink down at me
a time-worn hoary joke
poking the borders of my thought
it mimes me well
I pray it stays aloft
where I have coaxed
a sacred promise
to make my carbon myths
shine like a cosmic vow
to hang a testament of fire
that will not end
when all the earth
has turned to gas.
–Mara Lemanis




Mara Lemanis

Biography: Mara Lemanis is a literary scholar. Her essays have been selected for 20th CENTURY LITERARY CRITICISM

and are included in undergraduate student textbooks in the U.S.

She has worked as an archivist for Historical Preservation and with the IRC, assisting refugees in Oakland, California. 

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