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June 22, 2022 by The Citron Review

by Deborah Leipziger

 

Speak to me of enclosures
of the way things nest 
and rest 

Open the chain, the casing —
in each receptacle, 
a multiverse of tiny shells —
white   whole   bone 

Tossed by waves,
disperse the tiny
delicate beings 
embossed by wind 

Garland of shells
release the crystal whelks —
membrane   sand   sound
Empty me

What was once home   
ovary  
scalloped edges     frayed chambers 
Envelope of the sea

Empty me

 

Deborah Leipziger is a poet, author, and advisor on sustainability. Her chapbook, Flower Map, was published by Finishing Line Press (2013). Three of her poems have been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Born in Brazil, Ms. Leipziger is the author of several books on sustainability and human rights, some of which have been translated into Chinese, Korean, and Portuguese. Her poems have been published in eight countries, in such magazines and journals as Pangyrus, Salamander, Lily Poetry Review, and Revista Cardenal. She is the co-founder of Soul-Lit, an online poetry magazine. Her new collection of poems is forthcoming in 2023 through Lily Poetry Review Books.

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