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Art by K. J. Hannah Greenberg

Iris’s mind eclipsed

 

by Diane Sahms

 

If a (wo)man fears death, (s)he shall be saved

by (her)his poems.

—Mark Stand (19352014, Poet)

 

 

Ghostly chimes of time’s disremembered—

awaken, roam, haunt Iris’s mind:

sounds resurface, motion of madness.

 

A tumultuous pulse beats wings

against elapsed thoughts like a sparrow

trapped between panes of glass.

 

Depressed relics locked away in a dead

heavy trunk that had peacefully slept

for a spacewalk moment—

 

earth wedged between sun and moon

eclipsed lunatic ways, almost

ending all roots of misery, until

 

the hinged trunk door opens

and finds forgotten— a time

and place where Iris no longer exists

 

the way that she once did—

things dredged up, frightful

and half-dead

 

a still-beating heart and pulse—

limp as a mouse in the jaws of a cat.

Hidden past now infused

 

into the present

climbs the attic ladder,

rummages through relics,

 

black and white photographs,

trinkets as old as Disco.

Mind’s swinging

 

full moon pendulum

eclipses solar light,

until all is black

 

until madness swings forefront

stands on the edge of existence

 

 

 

Diane Sahms is a Philadelphia Poet and four collections of her poetry have been published, most recently, The Handheld Mirror of the Mind, released by Kelsay Books in 2018. Diane’s poems have been widely published in the small and electronic press. She is the poetry editor of North of Oxford. Her website is: http://www.dianesahms-guarnieri.com/

On YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=Diane+Sahms-Guarnieri

Word Press: https://dianesahmsguarnieri.wordpress.com




KJ Hannah Greenberg captures the world in words and images. Her latest photography portfolio is 20/20: KJ Hannah Greenberg Eye on Israel. Her most recent poetry collection is Mothers Ought to Utter Only Niceties (Unbound CONTENT, 2017). Her most recent fiction collection is the omnibus, Concatenation (Bards & Sages Publishing, 2018).

Recently, Hannah’s seventh short story collection was published by Bards and Sages Publishing.

The publisher writes: "Bards and Sages Publishing is pleased to bring readers Walnut Street, our seventh short story collection by KJ Hannah Greenberg. Greenberg’s flair for the peculiar and eclectic shines through in this collection of over fifty flash and short fiction works featuring anthropomorphic starship pilots, angsty authors, strange neighbors, and more."

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In Association with Black Petals & Fossil Publications 2020