Hope

bloom.

Desert, her eyes are morsels

to the jasmine and roses once grown from her wrists,

between the flowers in each white finger,

whilst the moon falls, leaves barefoot in winter,

deserved for posturing an abyss

this dance, like an atramentous sea;

Variant Literature Magazine Publication.

The Second Chance Anthology contains literary pieces that have been withdrawn by their authors from unsafe publishing houses and magazines. The goal of the anthology is to bundle works into what is deemed a safe literary community and to expose magazines that contain unsafe views, for instance, racism, sexism, homophobia, anti-semitism, etc, etc.

“Ballade for the Ultimate Seeker” by Stavyah.

Like the Sun that shines, radiating bright light,

a guru disseminates thoughts lofty and wise.

Using his power, directness, and mystical might,

pulls you out of every single and dangerous vice.

Get closer to your guru, feel the spiritual rise,

an elevation that could get you to the worlds beyond;

out of reach.

A wish, these solitudes in dark wept, midnight

exits in a dream, torturing you; emerges

in oceans, as if the face of the sea-light

is in a trance of wander, a dark mind urges

His eyes.

Leopard’s paws
white like scolecite stones
faceted to fingernails
to the death of the wild,
a resemblance to a beast