Lisa Marguerite Mora: Three Poems
The closed door
vapid heat, descent into alien
territory. Every year of childhood,
across baking pavements
and the cooked sand, met relief
in cool surf, buoyant hands of another
changeable mother. Dragged me
under, taught me not to drown.
Soothed me, carried me
and the weight of all I carried.
Addicted, I’d return each day
scrubbed clean by salt and violence
kissed by gentle sea tinged air. Became
a mer-child, feral and knowing
respectful of these forces.
Still, I feel the drag on my bones
of riptide fingers
across my skin. The call, the call
of the gull.
No longer do I enter those shattering glass
green waves. Strength, treachery
and mystery – I discern it all from the shore.
Tiny bird so full of vigor, electric life
yet here I shiver, pushed against this block of ice
the past does rise and through me slice
berg of time could press me flat
but taut strung creature, will have none of that
Hummingbird whirs on and on
darting through my frozen sun
pierces what lies rigid, thick
my grief slides slick.
Moon, you hurt me. I have wished upon you
too much. Have thrown desire onto the wash
of tides, your silver eyes glittering in those folds
of wave. Give me, give me, I said. Make me whole.
Place upon me peace. Instead you have given me hunger
insatiable longing. For life. I am turbulent with blood
and breathing. Storms inhabit me.
Your cool beams do nothing to soothe
such bone fervor. Moon
you mock me. I no longer step outside to gaze
at your lunar pool. For you mean to kill the woman
I was. So, I stay inside, my blood tainted by night
by human circumstance, circumscribed within a finite flesh. Moon
I know I asked for it.
wait for me.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Lisa Marguerite Mora is a prize winning writer of fiction and poetry. She received a Bachelors in English/ Creative Writing Emphasis from UCLA. Her personal essays have appeared in Literary Mama, Rebelle Society, The Venice Beachhead, and The Urban Howl, among others. Poetry published includes Rattle, California Quarterly, Serving House Journal, ONTHEBUS, Cultural Weekly, Blue Mountain Arts (Second Place Prize), Public Poetry Series, Poemimage, Writing in a Woman's Voice (14th & 26th Moon Prize), and many others. In 2017 Lisa tied for first place in the Dandelion Press Micro Fiction Contest, which features the artwork of Lori Preusch internationally recognized fine artist and award winning author, who is soon to release a book of the winning stories. Last year Lisa was interviewed for the podcast series Wow-Whispering: Exploring the Heart of Conversation & High Performance Communication. She has completed a first novel and now wears as a badge of honor a response from Curtis Brown U.K. Literary Agency's Jonny Geller (agent to John Le Carre, Tracy Chevalier, Nelson Mandela), while she continues to search for a home for this work: “A difficult decision. We were very impressed. The writing is engaging, the idea is appealing, and you write with real energy and imagination.” She is in the midst of several writing projects that include a second novel. Since 2002 Lisa offers literary services and workshops. Lisa is between websites. You can find her either at Barrington Editorial or at LisaMargueriteMora.com