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Pieces by Elsa M. J. Seifert

Pieces by Elsa M. J. Seifert

Life in Black and Gray I used to love my gray jumper dress. I usually wore it with a white or black shirt.  I was eleven years old. My step-mother told me I needed some color. “What color?” I asked. “My skin is brown, so the gray and white and black look just fine on [...]

Where I’m From

Where I’m From

I am a dewdrop on the eve of becoming a stream on my way to the sea. I carry upon me, within me motes of dust, the knowledge of my forbearers, my own. We journey together though we may know it not. Time frames ebb and flow. I have come from noble cumulus clouds who’ve [...]

Ode to Malala Yousafzai

Ode to Malala Yousafzai

She is a pool of gleam. She is a seed, the rain. She is a prairie of idea, the harvest of motion. She is rosewater in a sandstone bowl. She is the refugee, the tarp of tent, the flame of fugue. She is the arms of mothers, a ribbon in a porcelain moon. She is [...]

Room to Breathe

Room to Breathe

Even the wind breathes. Its intervals may be long or short. It is the inhale which needs room. Breath cannot happen without space— lungs expand, ribs and muscles stretch, clothing gives way, dust moves aside. Particles of air know this, as they themselves are mostly empty space. An organism stakes its claim in the world [...]

The Saints of Skid Row

The Saints of Skid Row

A dozen years or so ago, I set out to find connections between the stories of 100 saints and the streets that bear their names here in Los Angeles, a city which itself is named for a saint. (Nuestra Señora de los Angeles, Our Lady of the Angels – that is, the Virgin Mary). One [...]

I Have My Reasons

I Have My Reasons

I have my reasons to keep on truck’in, going down the age path, considering $5 haircuts, walking with heavy feet, tired still on antibiotic legs 3 miles for 2 days, listening to my husband sound like an aging pug dog, because he caught my cold, and I have my reasons to keep on going, even [...]

How Long Is Never?

How Long Is Never?

How long is never? Is never forever? As when I tell you, I will never not loathe the dark or never not gag at the thought of warm milk? Or is never negotiable? As in, I will never not love you, when, alas, love, like leaves, can crinkle at the edges as fall comes, then [...]

The Sorcerer’s Apprentice

The Sorcerer’s Apprentice

She couldn’t explain how they did it. The company’s projected stock value had once again soared way over thirty million dollars, and the outlook for 2014 was good. It was as if they’d found their fairy godmother and suddenly their every wish was granted. Only four years ago, they’d been a small family-owned health store [...]

Pasadena Sings to Me

Pasadena Sings to Me

Pasadena sings to me white rose petals that float exalted, fragrant, light as breath from the spires of stone mansions falling past the sweeping arches of cursed Colorado Bridge fluttering soft and thick as doves on all the blessed fallen ghosts the holy wraiths that hum in the wild arroyo The necromantic city of physics, [...]

What Would Leonard Cohen Do?

What Would Leonard Cohen Do?

We file into the zendo in a single file children on the first day of kindergarten discarding scarves and boots the air is snappy at 6:30 am a time of day I don’t ordinarily see but the spiritual requirements are rigorous on Mount Baldy. We are scared of the monk with his shaved head who [...]

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