beaded trout

I GIVE YOU THE RIVER

Turning to the water for release
from my troubles, from you,
I write your name in my palm with my finger,
then brush off the invisible letters
into the river currents passing at my feet.
I ask River to carry them out of my heart and mind,
carry them away from my life, remove all that darkness
that is you infesting my mind against my will,
replaying memories that were nothing
but playacting on your part,
though my heart tries to find excuses,
for all the deliberate pain.
I have to face it finally-there are none.
Hard to believe, but even harder to find
I still long for you.
This stubborn heart won't give up.
So I barricade it, keep it safe from its stupid fidelity,
while I wait for River to carry out magic,
carry your name and games far from me,
set me free finally with the power of moving water,
my own inborn element,
which carves memories of trauma from the earth itself
and leaves wondrous scars.

Linda Rodriguez


contents of issue 9

Silver Shower of Stars
Stephanie JT Russell

At the Edge of Drowning
ERika T. Wurth

Swirls
Pennie Opal Plant

Ofi' Tohbi'
Jenny L. Davis

I GIVE YOU THE RIVER
Linda Rodriguez

The Shell Seekers
Susan Deer Cloud

At Water Village
Kimberly Weiser

The ridiculous optimious of the Daffodil
Zigi Lowenberg

Driftlights
Howard Miller

Land of Water
Suha Hassan

Redding Road
Jabez Churchill


Linda Rodriguez Biography

Linda Rodriguez has published novels, Every Last Secret and Every Broken Trust, and books of poetry, Skin Hunger and Heart's Migration. She is a member of Latino Writers Collective, the Macondo Community, Wordcraft Circle of Native American Writers and Storytellers, and Kansas City Cherokee Community. She blogs about writers, writing, and everyday life at http://lindarodriguezwrites.blogspot.com.


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