beaded trout

Letting Down the Stories

At night, my grandmother lets down her hair.

It uncoils, silver with story.

Once freed, stories stand

in the corners of the room,

waiting to be bidden.

They are as long as the length of her locks.

I know which ones to ask to hear,

which ones not to ask about

because they would draw blood.

(Some stories are only whispered

as they pass through vessels, through veins.)

What she didn't say spoke loudest,

whether German or Tsalagi,

neither spoken of nor spoken.

Just known.

Those old German fairytales:

where letting down the hair was dangerous.

Where there was always someone willing

to be blinded searching

for a tower of truth.

Kimbeerly L. Becker


contents of issue 1

A Post-Colonial Irony
Tiffany Midge

The Diversity of Birds at Fort Gibson Lake, Oklahoma
Toni McNeilly

Mañanita
Nicole Henares

Visitation
Stephanie JT Russell

Jump
Trace A. DeMeyer

Legend of the ancient song bird
devorah major

The Sap is Rising
Abena Songbird

Letting Down the Stories
Kimbeerly L. Becker


Kimbeerly L. Becker Biography

Kimberly L. Becker's first book of poetry, Words Facing East is out from WordTech Editions. For more about Kimberly and her work, please stop by her website at www.KimberlyLBecker.


Permission to publish poems in this one context was granted by the authors, who unless otherwise specified, hold copyright on these works.