the mortar of us

C.N.P Poetry 

  • Cathexis Northwest Press

the mortar of us

By: Mawi Sonna

start by mixing

too many wishes


grind them under

the pestle’s pressure


crush

holy thistle


cinnamon

and blood lily after


you’ve called down

grief


after you’ve called down

how love fails you


but don’t forget

shades of larkspur


buried under dry basil

a marigold’s mane


picked bit

by bit


when whispering

to the mortar


why you didn’t bottle

resurrection ferns


why his fragrance

no longer lingers


instead offer salted

nectar


from his star

ursa major

the other

lynx


the last

wonder


dripping down

the granite pillar


repeating this hymn

repeating

repeating




Mawi Sonna is a poet from Kansas City. She is currently a Seaton Fellow in Creative Writing at Kansas State University. Her work has previously appeared in Touchstone Literary Magazine, The Hole In The Head Review, and others.


"Even through loss and heartbreak, this poem seeks to be re-enchanted by the world and beauty."

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