by Michal Mahgerefteh
words my judge and silent witness sound their morning bells my eyes fired with verses and trail of letters seeking the origin of birth and its wealth of hymns a place for my lonely prayers charmed with patterns of orchard and vine this yearning carved a cavity in my identity as I retreated into an inner world shrouded by restless thoughts no magic carpet for my bare feet just words to sail on a rich vocabulary
Michal Mahgerefteh is an award-winning poet and artist from Virginia. She is the author of four poetry collections, editor of Poetica Magazine and Mizmor Anthology, and the managing editor of Poetica Publishing. Michal is writing her next collection, FishMoon, forthcoming May 2022. This poem is from her collection ‘Field of Harps‘ (2016).