Persona December, 19th 2021 by

Midnight to Noon-By Mara Lemanis



Midnight to Noon

Now is the time when

night squeezes day

in a tightening circle

like a clock face tracking

noon to midnight

in a coil under torque;

it is time for the sacred circle,

primordial as

a sandglass sifting histories,

a mandala tracing omens

in the sand,

marking days that roll high

like waves on the shore

marking days that ebb thin

like spume on the surf

Now is the time when

cranes stretch tall

necks forward

beaks tucked into tailwinds,

winging home toward longer days;

a time when daffodils, hyacinths,

sweet pea, forget-me-nots

drop back to make room for

camellia, heather,

crocuses, holly,

and the Book of Life

pauses at Jerusalem Gate

entry denied,

last chapter pending

We sit round the log fire

chant songs


in darkness we know

the day is done

yet the fire in the grate

leaps like sunbursts;

we share cornbread, ham,

mandel bread, yams;

cinnamon, nutmeg,

cardamom, cloves,

spicing the dark

We make a toast

in the log fire’s heat

to goad our myths

to lull the night

coax back the sand,

build mandala again

trace omens again,

write chronicles;

again we chant,

charging the sun

to deliver us back

from midnight to noon.

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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