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moutain flowerBy Joshua Lewis

Blush softly for the wind and its fugue of roses
swaying for the caterpillars clinging to their folds.

I unfold, a valley of possibility.

My fingers touch the chords of life,
and I sing for the first time,

my voice a hallelujah

for everything present. I--the hymn
that can't fail to sound despite the indignities

of mountainous terrain. The uncertainties

of flesh rendered plain by ice and serrated flames.
I am the name writ upon the skin of the sky.

My name is forever, forever the breeze

that bore me. I am the letters of the wind,
the keys that persist despite silence:

that austere mountain that plays

upon our every hope and dream, fear
large and soft, subtle and sweet.

The absence of music personified.

Blush lightly for the breeze
and its coda of rose-tinted words.

Joshua LewisJosh is enjoying life after his dissertation. In between preparing for classes, he writes poetry and short fiction. He has had his work previously published in the Patterson Literary Review, the Edison Literary Review, the Washington College Review, as well as Breaking Ground. His participation in the writing group Triliteral, continues to inspire him to grow as a writer and as an individual. He can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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