Inspired by Imagery
Presley Lewis is impressive, to say the least. I met this young man at a local poetry slam that I was judging a few months ago. When he took to the stage he offered presence, strength, and a maturity that seemed outside the realm of his teenage world. I was eager to collaborate with him and once our collaboration was finished, I was left with a sense of awe.
We both drew our inspiration from photographs this month to conjure our curiosity. We hope that these poems conjure something in you.
By Presley Lewis
The story of creation is held within you,
You are filled with
The GOOD news,
as you rest upon the soft lining of nature.
The miraculous, heart-warming action of feeding a hundred
with five and two,
to the healing of blindness through touch.
Hope is abundant,
happiness is hallelujah! Shout it out!
But you can be deceiving.
How can one implement centuries of terror upon another,
yet speak to love neighbour as thyself?
You’ve literally been at the core of battles fought
At the end of the day
the orange hued sun will rest
upon the pink blanket behind the colossal walls of Jericho.
The story of creation is held within you.
The Rising Tide of Allan Kurdi
By Sadie Rosgen
the sand in his eyelashes
keeps him from seeing
the horror he leaves behind,
the glorious future he seeks to find
he is STRONG
a far away angel in a rebellious blunder
what lies ahead with
the tide bobbing around his head?
A famine in giving,
who could have kept him alive
as his photo buzzed through the hive?
none of us?
and there he lies
with the sand of the Earth
erasing his curious eyes