SWWIM publishes, celebrates, & promotes women, women-identifying & Femme-presenting writers through a Miami-based reading series & the online poetry journal SWWIM Every Day.

Inset by Laurinda Lind

Stuck between panes and walls,

here is a prophet poet in a church

 

so packed I can’t reach what

he says from inside myself

 

in the rain, though I stay, steal

charity under a strange umbrella.

 

Geese have been going all fall,

full of themselves up the sky.

 

Within, white coals seem to hiss

along the floor, heating someone

 

else’s heart. Even wet, the light

from the real world also is religion

 

so I suck it in like air till it

saves me under my skin.


Laurinda Lind, a former journalist, lives in New York’s North Country and teaches English composition classes. Some poetry publications/acceptances have been in Anima, Antithesis, Artemis, Blue Fifth Review, Bombay Gin, Chautauqua, Compose, Comstock Review, The Cortland Review, Ekphrasis, Gone Lawn, Gyroscope, Jet Fuel Review, Josephine Quarterly, Kestrel, Main Street Rag, Mobius, Moonsick, New Rivers Press, Off the Coast, Passager, Paterson Literary Review, The Poeming Pigeon, Soliloquies, Sonic Boom, Triggerfish, Two Thirds North, and Unbroken

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