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Friday, October 09, 2020


by Katherine West

American Dream, mixed media in resin artwork by Raphael Mazzucco.

            "I have a dream... we will be able to transform the jangling discords of our nation into a beautiful symphony of brotherhood."  —Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., 1963

Last night I dreamed of rain
It overflowed the culverts 
It washed out the road in waves 
Like a sea in the desert 

It filled the arroyos like a lover 
Or the tide before love the opening 
Before the opening the flower 
Dreaming of the bee dreaming 

Of pollen generations of honey 
The wealth of the hive 
And the queen humming 
Her birth song of infinite flight 

Over a globe of no boundaries 
One garden all colors 
A palette of rainy territories 
Mixing new shades forgetting borders 

Katherine West is the author of three collections of poetry and one novel: Scimitar Dreams, The Bone Train, Riddle, and Lion Tamer, respectively.  She has had poetry published in Bombay Gin, Lalitamba, Tanka Journal, Writing in a Woman’s Voice, and TheNewVerse.News who nominated her poem "And Then the Sky" for a Pushcart Prize in 2019.  She lives in the mountains outside of Silver City, New Mexico where she translates Mexican revolutionary poetry and creates custom, hand-made poetry chapbooks.