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Breath & Shadow

Winter 2011 - Vol. 8, Issue 1

"Heaven’s Hope"

written by

Venetia Ghozlan

heaven is a fevered hope for the dispossessed

a mirage that blooms as we lay dying

it is a placebo to sweeten a soured mythos

a carrot to dangle before the unrepentant

it is the payout for living the lie of sacrifice

the reward for being the wolf's willing sheep

it is the willful blinders donned to avoid seeing

that we are born, we live and then we


food for the feasting crows

Venetia Ghozlan is a 52 year old of mixed cultural heritage and an atheist and humanist. She works for the Social Security Administration (her daytime grunt earn the gruel gig) and has written since she could breathe...or at least think, cognitively.


Venetia is inspired by the whispers in the wind, the screams contained in the thunder and the silence of mutes. Her poems have appeared in the Amistad Anthology (Howard University), Wordgathering, Language and Culture, and in The 10th Christell Writing Contest.

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