Poetry by Heather Lenz & Photography by Alexandrina Ana, III

Cantec de iarna (Winter Song)


You said something about flowers.
Apparently a man stood in your way.

There was a desk with no paper or pen.
You wore a lavender sweater & prayed
for light.

At night, terror pulled you
from sleep. A shadow standing over you.
A rosary swung from a bird’s beak.

You crawled out your window, hoping
to catch dust from the last falling star.
You breathed in the scent of Moonflower
from your vision.

Everything became holy & scattered.

Your hands trembled, petals crushed
in your palms.

At dawn, you found yourself
sitting in a Redwood forest,
imprints of faerie wings
on your arms,

eyes becoming one
with a nearby stream . . .


Pamant arzand (Burning land)

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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