Astrolabe (after 10th C. astronomer Mariam Al-Astrulabi) by Marianne Tefft Before I became a woman whose gaze reached toward infinity I walked hand in hand with my father in the fragrant market Fingers interwoven like the knots of my mother’s rug Eyes carefully fixed on the potholed street That I would not lose my way Among the spires that sliced the clouds Maybe you do not know My father named me for the sea and ancient river That cradle the once-shining city of my birth Among all the drops that fill the oceans of the world I always knew I was beloved For even as a child I was allowed To hold the Universe in my hands And look beyond the circumscribed fate of those Who would become our daughters Toward the place where you can read my name Indelibly written among the stars
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Marianne Tefft is a poet and voiceover reader who daylights as a Montessori teacher on the Dutch Caribbean island of Sint Maarten. Her poems appear online and in print in North America, Europe, Asia and the Caribbean. She is a regular contributor to online Open Mic events, such as Inspired Poetry Corner (Toronto) and Nuyorican Poets Cafe (New York City), and her audio poems have aired at Wednesday Night Poetry (Arkansas USA), CIUT-FM Howl (Toronto) and Eat the Storms (Ireland). She is the author of the 2022 poetry collections Full Moon Fire: Spoken Songs of Love and Moonchild: Poems for Moon Lovers. You can follow Marianne here:
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