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  November 2015
volume 12 number 2
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  Sheikha A.
  M.I Akande
  Gwyndyn Alexander
  Prerna Bakshi
  Gary Beck
  Stefanie Bennett
  Deborah Edler Brown
  Jeffrey Bryant
  Terry Clark
  Robin Wyatt Dunn
  Amitabh Vikram Dwivedi
  Hedy Habra
  Dave Houston
  Trista Hurley-Waxali
  Robert S King
  Marie Lecrivain
  Emma Lee
  Ron Lucas
  Frank Mundo
  Scott Thomas Outlar
  Angel Uriel Perales
  James G Piatt
  Frank Praeger
  Hattie Quinn
  John D Robinson
  john saunders
  Apryl Skies
  Julia Stein
  Jonathan Taylor
  Amy Uyematsu
  J.T. Whitehead
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Sheikha A.
November 2015



photo by françois biajoux

    Sheikha A. hails from Pakistan and United Arab Emirates. With over 40 publications in various print/online publications such as Red Fez, Ygdrasil, A New Ulster, The Penmen Review, Pyrokinection, Mad Swirl to name a few, and anthologies by Silver Birch Press, she has also authored a short poetry collection titled Spaced (Hammer and Anvil Books) available on Kindle. She edits poetry for eFiction India.



Understanding Alchemy

Coelho talks about "alchemy"
and how the universe holds
a language without words;
in my mind the words swivel
but my gaze is fixed upon a tree
by my window, growing its length
like an impatient toddler -
its twigs have formed
and leaves just about sprouting -
like teeth and hair;

the moon blanches over
the fragile stump, and the twigs turn
silver - a quick processed aging -
its leaves droop to the call of the breeze
and I look up to the sky
for language.

Just this morning,
the tree ravished the wind's
playful gestures; now by moonrise,
its life has alchemized.

I watch the silvering by night
as I ponder upon language
and the omens I failed to read
that may have let my flesh survive
a few centuries longer.

The tree has grown its course,

unlike my mind
that hasn't stopped reading.

copyright 2015 Sheikha A.