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Breath & Shadow

Winter 2021 - Vol. 18, Issue 1

"Rituals of Breath"

written by

Eve Rifkah

The geese sawtooth south

        and I        and I         and I


no wing-ticket out

the sage green walls of my room

    lay back and close in

hard fields confine

           this interment of the soul

wrap me in a shroud of winter white

    ghost dance to spring

  awakening       quiver

walk in vernal damp mist

           marsh marigold, bloodroot

                     little joys

wings unfurl with heat

        escape outwards      in sun

 brilliant opening

             seasons revolve

a sigh of time.

Eve Rifkah was co-founder of Poetry Oasis, Inc. (1998-2012), a non-profit poetry association dedicated to education and promoting local poets. Founder, editor of DINER, a literary magazine with a 7-year run. She is author of “Dear Suzanne” (WordTech Communications, 2010) and “Outcasts the Penikese Leper Hospital 1905-1921” (Little Pear Press, 2010). Chapbook “Scar Tissue”, (Finishing Line Press, 2017), “At the Leprosarium” 2003 winner of the Revelever Chapbook Contest.

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