Laima by Lina Ramona Vitkauskas

Poem title: Laima Poet: Lina Ramona Vitkauskas Poem: “Women have sat indoors all these millions of years, so that by this time, the very walls are permeated by their creative force, which has, indeed so overcharged the capacity of bricks and mortar that it must needs harness itself to pens and brushes and business and politics.” —Virginia Woolf Each granule-inch of chalky limestone. Bark-eared child presses to icy slats, vent sighing, muttering moments, guttural tenacity. Doors yawn open, she grows. Years of grand- mother’s grybai, roots, and rye, sriūba—mulched and spread, our necks upon barriers, these walls of bungalow Chicago rooms permeated with curling smoke, amber, and oaken mead. Cracked women’s hands from needles and mending; nurse’s gentle compress, her knowing touch stops the blood. *grybai – Lithuanian, “mushrooms” **sriūba – Lithuanian, “soup” End of Poem. Credits: Copyright © Lina Ramona Vitkauskas Lina Ramona Vitkauskas (b.1973) is a Canadian-Lithuanian-US poet/cinepoet who has published several books, won a few literary awards, and placed as a finalist in five international video poem festivals. Her website and ongoing creative projects can be found at linaramona.com