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North: Haiku Series, Isabella Melians

Previously published in The Weight Journal

Left church, three-thirty:

a rabbit in the outskirts.

Say goodbye to Grace.

Seeds buried between

heartbeats. Twenty beats, ten seeds.

Sew them into soil.

Tomato season

carried on armadillos’

backs; Father knew best.

Deer fell as men stepped.

Thrones of moss and oak have no

love for rubber boots.

Dawn breathed a new life-

envelope these sinking shells

and vacant corpses.

Outside this cabin,

legacy of decay; burn

what can’t be buried.

Churned Orion’s sky.

An unkindness of ravens

laughed at balding doves.

Seraph, an angel,

bathed me in this divine light

(as holy as snakes)


Isabella Melians (she/her) is a 16-year-old sophomore attending school in south Florida. She is the vice president of her school's writing club, "The Writer's Circle", and has been acknowledged by publications including Cathartic Youth Literary Magazine, Scholastic Art and Writing Awards, The Weight Journal, Same Faces Collective, The Raindrop Magazine, Ice Lolly Review, and other reviewers. In her free time, she enjoys playing the cello, watercolor painting, and fostering with a local pet rescue.

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