Poetry by Heather Lenz & Photography by Alexandrina Ana, I

Eclipse                                                                                                                                                  “It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.”
                                                                                —Frederick Douglass

His bruised eye
like the moon gone dark
on a night when nothing
sees the truth except the
heart inside of him, like a
cobwebbed corner of secrets.

During an eclipse, the light
slowly returns. But not for him,
nor his eye that will yellow like
the sun & fade back into an
apparently normal day.

When I saw him near the
railroad track, so small & fragile,
standing in the grass, his lower
lip hanging down like a cloud
somewhere near oblivious adults,
I drew in a breath of shock,
touched his cheek & asked what

He looked up at me with big round
eyes that cried out: The moonlight
is never returning.


Heather Lenz is a poet and artist born and raised in the Pacific Northwest. She edits electronic poetry submissions for Stepping Stones Magazine. She has been writing poetry for many years and her work has appeared in several online and print publications, including Carcinogenic Poetry, Ink Sweat & Tears, Midnight Lane BoutiqueThe Monarch ReviewPoetry Victims and others. Her personal website is Ravens Among Me.

Alexandrina Ana is a photographer from Bucharest, Romania. Her work was previously featured in Melancholie (University of Applied Science, Trier, 2014), by Fabian Ring, which explores the nexus between melancholy and artistic creativity. To view the selection included by Ring in his beautiful monograph, please visit Alexandrina’s tumblr.com.


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