I open my veins in warm waters
each time when you like what I write
the sound of the sands in the darkness
the eyes of the desert are dried
the midnight windows are opened
I jump like a lynx from a cage
dressed in cold winds and in black
I land on the yolk of young times
I paid all the bills do not worry
I buried my bracelets by the green wall
white shirts are lined in the closet
this sand tastes like canvas and paint
I sharpen my eyes
my fingers are stretched
from the cosmic tomorrow
I enter tonight
I’ll return do not worry
disheveled, loves cry between us
remember the words of Persian Sibyl
who sold you my soul for three coins?
the time is fluid like rivers
waterlilies can bloom in the sand
About the Poet
Gabriela M. is a US university professor and author of three novels. Her poetry was published by Spillwords Press, STRAWZINE (London), Wolff Poetry Literary Magazine, Vita Brevis, Indian Periodical, Gioielli Rubati Poetry (translated in Italian by Flavio Almerighi), Tuck Magazine, KashmirPen, “Heretics, Lovers, and Madmen,” Literary Yard, Proletaria, and Free Verse Revolution. She was selected “Author of the Month” at Spillwords (April 2019). Her poem “the breath of love and death” was voted “Publication of the Month” at Spillwords (November 2019). Gabriela’s work was included in the anthology America’s Emerging Poets Southeast Region (Z Publishing House, 2018) and Florida’s Best Emerging Poets 2019 (Z Publishing House, August 19, 2019). She blogs at shortprose.blog.
Christina Schwarz, the author of the New York Times Bestseller “Drowning Ruth,” on Gabriela’s
poetry: “With lush language and lavish imagery, Gabriela M. evokes a fantastic world ripe with
For the first time in nearly five years, Vita Brevis is closed for submission. Read the full story here.
I’m sure your veins will open with this beautiful piece. Nice, Gabriela.
This is an incredibly intense piece, Gabriela, really could feel the strength of the emotion and the visuals were fabulous…enhorabuena!
Absolutely love your work,
All the best and my greetings from sunny (but cold),
Wonderful imagery and tone. Loved this.
Such wildness, wanting and a deep feeling of searching I get when I read your beautiful poetry. So inspiring, such richness in the layers of yearning as well. What a treat this was Gabriela. Love Joni