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THREE POEMS BY GERVANNA STEPHENS

THE MAN IN A LITTLE TOWN BY ADITYA GAUTAM
October 5, 2018
THREE POEMS BY SHANNON CAWLEY
October 7, 2018

 

burning bridges

if my waking eyes deny this mortality
gather it to breast and appease its fragile thoughts
then that which is clear, must become truth
break godlike and share bread
in this space is reverence and unallied existence.

heart disease

I think I realized late in life that I have an open heart
no surgery can close:
beating steadily and heavily
pumping tainted tears that represent what I’ve lost;
who I’ve lost.

I’ve lost home
I’ve lost country
I’ve lost love and hope,
but my voice still riots within my throat
pushing past my tongue and the shackles of teeth
to rip pages apart and
etch dangerously close to a reality
that reminds me that loving is equal to living.

 

refugee

And in countries where love is appropriate,
I will send my heart on asylum
to reach shores that will wash it clean,
and allow me to love again.

 


Gervanna Stephens is a Jamaican poet and proud Slytherin with congenital amputation living in Canada. Her works have appeared/are forthcoming in Moonchild Magazine, Montreal Writes, Mojave Heart, Empty Mirror & WusGood.black. She is Assistant Editor with The /tƐmz/, hates public speaking, has two sisters who are better writers than her & thinks unicorns laugh when we say they aren’t real. Tweets @gravitystephens