me shredded and ravenous
on my bone
reddened glint of muscle
a pecking stone.
from your throat
all jumbled and backwards
of lightning: your storm.
the rain came forward
melted each black note to naught
found the strange center of nothing
floated my hungry thoughts.
dove returned with new branches
promise of peace on the land
of divisions abolished
owners, no conquerors, no gods.
child is wanting some manna
hangs to excess neighbor's tree
bucket beside him kicked empty
nothing is free that is free.
Laura Manuelidis is a physician and author of scientific
papers as well as poetry. Her book of poems Out of Order was introduced by Yevgeny Yevtushenko, and she
has published in literary journals including: The Nation, Oxford Poetry, Innisfree, Evergreen Review, and Pirene's Fountain. She was
nominated twice for the Pushcart Prize and has given invited readings in the
USA and Europe. Additional information can be found at: