You are the moon
insistent gravity
of pull and push —

no light, just stolen

saturated reflections
cloaking pores and scars
in a wash of beauty.

You draw close to feed

until love sickens you
and you disappear —
a slivering sickle

a ghost in the blue.

You brood unbound
on your cold dark side
scanning distant stars

you think orbit you —

pinpricks of truth
too pure to touch you.
Not even self can flicker

in your airless night.

— Angele Ellis

Angele Ellis is the author of Arab on Radar (Six Gallery Press, 2008) and Spared,part of Main Street Rag Editor's Choice Chapbook Series (2011), and co-author of Dealing With Differences (Corwin Press, 1997). A 2008 recipient of an Individual Creative Artist Fellowship in poetry from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, Ellis was a prizewinner in the 2007 RAWI (Radius of Arab American Writers) Competition for Creative Prose. She lives in Pittsburgh's Friendship neighborhood.


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