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Art by K. J. Hannah Greenberg 2020

Iris’s freedom of self through unlocked words


by Diane Sahms


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

by (her)his poems.

—Mark Stand (19352014, Poet)





It started in Iris’s little toe—

crossing step stones of all the bones

that make up a foot—


burrowed up through leg’s marrow

all the way through intestines,

four heart chambers, esophagus and


pure as a crystallized spring

gushing forth through lips,

water-fountain-blossoming words.


Words that walked with her.

Entire body shaking

emptying out everything


penned up inside of her—

zoo-caged animal, freed.

Iris felt clean as a shaved body


before surgery—white cotton sheets

sparkling back at moon

so brightly, thousands of stars


entered through every window

sweating bright as stage lights. Now

with freedom of a runaway train


soaring high speeds around “crazy,”

blades of her lips clashing

so powerfully atomic—


a mushroom cloud filled

the entire bedroom. Reborn.

Exhalation with exhaustion


of a car’s rattling muffler

finally silenced

by turning off her motor. Waited.


Cautiously asked, as if a child

coming out from hiding:

Hon, what do think? Hon . . . Hon . . .  


Baton of Iris’s pointer finger poking.

Startled awake mountain quaking

polar bear out of hibernation.


Not having witnessed

her inner journey

not having seen the signs, and


most importantly

not having listened to Iris, ever

not having heard


a 100-mile freedom march—

revolutionary words: liberation.

Your voice put me to sleep.


She drowns for now

in red sleep, orbits

Venus in fiery dream.


Tail of comet—blazing


always facing toward sun.



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 ishttp://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."

Walnut Street is available on Amazon:


Volumes One through Five of the KJ Hannah Greenberg Short Story Collection at 50% off the list in an exclusive bundle only at 


In Association with Black Petals & Fossil Publications 2020