Note from the Editors

 

   SEEING RED 

    ENDU(RED) ADMI(RED)
    DESI(RED) WONDE(RED)
    RUMO(RED) ADO(RED)
    ENAMO(RED) INSPI(RED)
    DISCOVE(RED) SAC(RED)
    HUNGE(RED) WONDE(RED)
    EXPLO(RED) FEATU(RED)
    AUTHO(RED) SEA(RED)
    DA(RED) UNCENSO(RED)
    SOA(RED) ADVENTU(RED)

 

 

    


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Here among the ruins                            

     I don't know how to walk here among the ruins  - Gregorio


Deep within a cave in Cantabria,
pre-historic remains are found.

I don't know how to breathe among the dust and vinegar,
among the pot shards and pelvic bones, the broken shrines.

I don't know how to pause among the ashes,
the piñon burnt to a stub.

Reflection of my dead brother
in the eyes of a nephew who tells me he's addicted to life.

I can't swim here among the herons,

all their fine feathers weighing me down.

No hope, no horsehair,
nothing to wipe the dog's paws.

I don't know how to speak the unspoken,
dropped lines cover the floor,

words barely enunciated,
my mouth heavy with rocks and ice.

 

Katherine DiBella Seluja is a nurse poet who translates health and illness experiences into poetry and prose.  Her patients' stories frequently inform her writing. Katherine’s work has appeared in Adobe Walls, American Journal of Nursing, Barefoot Review, bosque, Santa Fe Literary Review and Touch Journal of Healing, among others and has been twice nominated for a Pushcart Prize.  Katherine has Nursing degrees from Columbia and Yale University. She lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico with her husband and two daughters. 

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