Alchemy (June 24, 2022, upon the Supreme Court’s ruling against Roe vs. Wade)
One vial for raven magic—
afternoon moon embraces her
sun blues her feathers
she banks–one wing strokes river
the other steeples in the apple-chilly air
Second vial for bone alchemy—
heels & toes swim in soil
grass beatifies knees
pelvis sways in mistral
chest rises with hills, falls with flurries
skull emerges as snowflake—rime rib ridge
Another vial for seahorse sorcery—
crescent tail curls around coral
spring tides ballet her brown body
her belly to his, eggs surge into him
she gallops upwards & away
Last vial for volcano conjury—
magma honeycombs mantle
electric orange mounts dome
at lava’s red glare & rock bombs breaking in air
to make way for Beltane’s
which all choose
their own paths.
This is gorgeous. I’m in awe.
Oh, thank you!
Wow – well done, Taunja! Your ending is clever, too!
I especially love the seahorse stanza! Beautiful language!
Thank you, Roberta!