Laurie Sewall

REVISING PARADISE

[word chakra]

fills its cloth with water⎯ 
drinks 
from the cup of stone, knows 
anything gods we think 
could know 

[paradise chakra]

lives in helmets, drives 
soldiers through 
tunnels—stores extra rations 
in pockets for later, when 
we rebuild 

[heart chakra]

pulses with light
carries
birds swiftly flapping
in many baskets

[tuning fork chakra]

turns your head toward
that not-knowing— 
revising 
your mouth entirely  

[dust chakra]

spins embers to life, returns
to your hand 
particles of memory: egrets 
feeding on sand, on
sound


Laurie Sewall Photo.jpg

Laurie Sewall received an MFA in poetry from New England College and an MA in counseling psychology from Lesley University. Her poems can be found in ColoradoReview, Ploughshares, Columbia Journal, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Cimarron Review, and Minnesota Review, among other publications. She lives and teaches in Iowa. 

Posted on October 25, 2018 .