Melissa Eleftherion

wilderness voice

every live thing here
rushes of the spring
water music a hot phenomenon
where things snap
silt and rock gap
we cross the sticks gently
our bridge a burned out hollow for little men

clover and ferns a pennaceous
radio for the damp earth
my wilderness in ruins
the redwood corpse
we climb in to sleep
we sleep and enshroud
how the wet catches us
unaware & makes us whole

human dramas a lust moon
we slip between the stones
get our pants wet
rocket flower elides our grasp
we fumble at sticks
how easily rocks become frogs here
little mosses make it so

0-41MELISSA ELEFTHERION is a writer, a librarian, and a visual artist. She is the author of field guide to autobiography (The Operating System, 2018), & nine chapbooks, including the forthcoming trauma suture (above/ground press, 2020). Born & raised in Brooklyn, Melissa now lives in Northern California where she manages the Ukiah Library, teaches creative writing, & curates the LOBA Reading Series.

Author’s note: “‘wilderness voice’ offers the shelter & warm comfort of a walk in Montgomery Woods.”

Other works
postcard poem

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