Cover
Arts Department
Sections
Shopping
Discussion Forum
About Moondance
Moondance logo
SCRIBE - by Margarita Engle by Margarita Engle
Crow Feather in Kelp Bed, by Darrell Gulin
"Crow Feather in Kelp Bed"
by Darrell Gulin
Buy this Canvas Transfer at AllPosters.com

The first time must have been exhilarating
and a little frightening, such power
a hunter capturing fallen quills
from the feathered prey that escaped.

The hunter clutches one hollow plume
in his hungry fingers, scribbling fervent pictographs
on thirsty soil, prayers written to elusive birds
have mercy, fall from the sky
give me your flesh.

Or was the first scribe a woman
heavy with child, absent-mindedly tickling
a scrap of flame-crackled bird with a bloody quill
from that evening's rock-heated dinner.

Did she discover shapes
without thinking of them as symbols
of immortal fertility, just tiny mimicries of herself
voluptuous and milk-laden, waiting to learn the meaning
of her own delighted, yet somehow troubled plea
have mercy, lift me toward sky, give me more
than mere flesh.

BIO: Margarita Engle is a botanist and the Cuban-American author of two novels, Singing to Cuba (Arte Publico Press) and Skywriting (Bantam), as well as numerous short works published in a wide variety of anthologies and journals, including Atlanta Review, Bilingual Review, California Quarterly, Poetry Greece, and many others. Literary awards include a Cintas Fellowship, a San Diego Book Award, and a National PEN Women Soul-Making Poetry Award for spiritual poetry. Her most recent chapbook is a collection of spiritual haiku, Dreaming Sunlight (Feather Books, U.K.). Works pending publication include a young adult novel-in-verse (Henry Holt & Co.), and a chapbook of short poems for children (Elin Grace Publ.). Margarita Engle lives in central California, where she enjoys hiking in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, and helping her husband with his volunteer work for a wilderness search-and-rescue dog training program. Email: englefam@earthlink.net


MATT, HANG GLIDING | PUEBLO DOCE (BEAT POEM) | FOR RITA HAYWORTH
SCRIBE | PALMS AND PLANETS | GIFT WRAP FANTASIA | LA SORCIÈRE

best of theme | columns | fiction
inner voices | inspirations | nonfiction
poetry | rising stars | song & story

cover | arts department | sections
shopping | discussion forum | about moondance

Copyright © 1996 - 2004 Moondance: Celebrating Creative Women
All Rights Reserved