I have sliced an orange into five wedges
for you. It is all I have. Take it. Press it to your lips.
Inhale its pithy fragrance. Cup it in your hand
like fire from which we will each light a wick
to hold in our folded fingers. A rosary of blue beads glistens
under a blue moon. A sloe-eyed young man swoons in the dark pine wood.
A host of fertile acolytes attends him chanting in unison
until a litany of foreign cackles cracks above the shower of sparks.
One voice, the voice of a shackled demon, rises above the rest
renting the dark in two. Yet children still sparkle in the trees.
Berries sprout in the sea.
Liz Dolan's poetry manuscript, A Secret of Long Life, nominated for a Pushcart, has been published by Cave Moon Press. Her first poetry collection, They Abide, nominated for The McGovern Prize, Ashland University, was published by March Street. An eight-time Pushcart nominee and winner of Best of the Web, she was a finalist for Best of the Net 2014. She won The Nassau Prize for Nonfiction, 2011 and the same prize for fiction, 2015. She has received fellowships from the Delaware Division of the Arts, The Atlantic Center for the Arts and Martha's Vineyard.