Persona December, 15th 2019 by



It is for you
I stand in silence
a million sierras
through my skin
you do not hear
it is midwinter
and I pause
heralding the sign
you draw in silence
as you wake
from slumber

I blow a kiss
as close as
earth to fire
as still as snow
in solstice
I will bless
and forge again
the ancient love
inside the foundry
your volcano world
will trust as
as a birth
brand new

but it is old
as rebirth
the slow return
eternal as your axis
tilting at the disk
on fire in
the galactic dark
that stopped
to light a kiss
plant the portent
grown from
solstice silent
in beatitude
like a deity
in love

–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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