tossing & turning by Daniela Elza

POEM TITLE: tossing & turning AUTHOR NAME: Daniela Elza POEM: the rain reprints itself from yesterday repaints 		a city 		      where  		    objects have trapped the river.  a poem 			wraps around a stone clinging— 			 it says: 		a woman is 					     walking 			     and is cut off/  	/her story comes 			   a/part 			w/here the poem rips.  		    and what of 	    the man? 	  stopped in his tracks. s/nagged on a phrase.  in the grip of  the stone— 		      his dark gaze.  she steps cautiously       between words.  			sp/lit.  	   lingers in their mute promises 			their slippery moss. curls up in 	the day’s possibilities. 				     sleeps in the f/ear of 							  conclusions.  		 in a crooked		  bent	   city 		 the small sanctuary of such love  	what 	will	   they toss in it 		     what 		will they get back— END OF POEM.  CREDITS: Copyright © Daniela Elza Previously published in the broken boat (Mother Tongue Publishing, 2020) Born and raised between three continents, Daniela Elza immigrated to Canada in 1999.  This poem is from her fourth collection of poetry the broken boat (Mother Tongue Publishing, 2020) which she is launching under pandemic times. Daniela’s poems have won numerous contests and have been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net Anthology multiple times. slow erosions, (a chapbook of collaborated poems with poet Arlene Ang) is forthcoming with Collusion Books  (October, 2020). Her essay “But where are you really from?” is forthcoming in the Queen’s Quarterly. Daniela lives and writes in Vancouver, BC. For more info go to: strangeplaces.livingcode.org To support our authors and publishers you can purchase “the broken boat” from your local independent bookstore, the publisher’s website www.mothertonguepublishing.com/page22/2019-new-books.html or for your signed copy directly from the author.