Persona June, 7th 2021 by

Exchange - By Mara Lemanis




what is
and the one
a rate of exchange

and you
what is
between me
and the life
that stalks me
what is
my stasis
what is
my entropy

What is
the exchange rate
between what
the earth yields
and what I plunder
What do I give
when I take
what I will

There is
a harvest
between my body
and the body
pushed out from me
There is
a covenant
the words I speak
and the voice
of the water
trickling my name

Who exchanges me
with the rock
I stand on
moving me
moon and sun
What exchanges me
with the time
I spend
in a world
in due time
out of time

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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