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Spring 2009, vol 7 no 1


Margarita Engle

summer dawn
the moon lingers
my reverence
for daylight


Easter morning
mother and child
feathery dandelions
for wishing


summer solstice
between gardenias
and bees
I follow a trail
of fragrant shade


graduation morning
in the wind
caps and gowns
move like wings


blossom trail
pink orchards
a path of clouds


the seascape
from one wall
to another
wild waves in midair


sharing secrets
we discover
that all
have seen demons
in dreams


the woman
with birds
listens to songs
and feels free


I levitate
in a cradle
of air


Margarita Engle Margarita Engle is a Cuban-American author of books about the island, most recently two young adult novels in free verse, The Poet Slave of Cuba, and The Surrender Tree, both published by Henry Holt & Co. Honors include a Cintas Fellowship, the American Library Association's Pura Belpré Medal, an International Reading Association Award, and the Américas Award, presented at the Library of Congress. Margarita's next book is Tropical Secrets, Holocaust Refugees in Cuba, forthcoming from Henry Holt & Co. in April, 2009.