a gathering by Jai-Michelle Louissen pale gnarled rock on sand softly sleeping she lays under the squat ripening suns of dandelion a leaf carries new life and hawthorn flowers stretch out like holy rites I want so much to be here to let my heart spill out stale and water darkened held by a half forgotten wolf pelt and by the moon, seal eyed and deathless until it is no longer mine until my womb is a votive garden with a new sparrow buried in afterbirth blind and wet in her palm a whole world inside me
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Jai-Michelle is a Scottish-born poet, now living via London in the coastal natural beauty of The Netherlands. Writing with an unshakable wish for poetic thought, images and vulnerability, her work is otherworldly, full of nature, emotion and mood. She often writes of her trauma and the after effects, revealing her layers piece by piece. Her first chapbook is released 2022 with Sunday Mornings at The River.