New Year’s Blessing 

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Photographer unknown

I wish you renewal, an evergreen forest with lofty branches
that dance in the winds of the sky,
intensity, the color of red berries,
sugared with snow and sparkling with ice,
forgiveness, a tabula rasa like sheets of snow
as far as your eyes can see.

May your green trees be covered in flowers
that look like white gift bows
and may the petals from those white flowers fall and fall (as you rub your eyes)
covering everything
as if they are being shaken from the sky,
leaving snow petals, a huge bouquet
that fills up the frosty vase
of your new year window.– Annette Marie Smith

Sumac and Mastic Be Dull

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The noise of guttle and cram that he wore about him like a great helmet fashioned from every type of eating utensil up to and including dirty fingers and the rudest elbows ever to be found repulsed me.

I yearned for your quiet ways, clean and kind and always, although it looked like you were eating all that you had, giving, I would find later, most of your own away.

I would rather share one mingled breath with you than a pannychis with full flight of stuffed swan, rivers of excess for drink, and every exotic condiment beyond saffron, cardamom, and myrtle to taunt a tongue, with him. — Sumac, Mastic, and Star Anise Be Dull When I Am Not With You, by Annette Marie Smith

Her Hands

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Illustration by Rafal Olbinski

Her hands like two slim angels folded in grace under her chin, she could take down buildings with those hands, so strong. Instead she opens the eyes of my palms, one at a time, they flutter into openness beneath her hands. She pulls wings into being at my ankles and leaves the rest of my surprised body thrumming with new open-ended connections, to not just myself but the universe as well. I am a quill, feathered and dipped in blackest ink and I am my own script overflowing, always unscrolling, sheet. I let her read the part where she comes in, where the letters lift off of the page to float, ephemeral and carrying the most beautiful ghosts, even at the moment they were scribed. — Annette Marie Smith

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