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Leila A. Fortier 






—For Natasha





You could

Free the sparrows

Nested between her thighs;

The way her legs cross, suppressing

Song … the way her breasts upturn like the

Faces of orchids beneath the alabaster moon

You are flanked by this strange titillation … the

Subtle pirouette of her sighs … the exhales of

Unspoken conversation … her Venetian

Eyes … the slight part of her

Lips … the way

She says







… Melancholy …







Came as a

Gentle affliction,

Quiet collector of

Grace~ A wounded

Ruse in the guise of

Sacred~ Thief of

Gods keeping

Covet the






Altar of self-sacrifice~

The fallacy of your eternal

Thread…crimson ribbon of a

Bleeding lie~ Unbound after

Being crucified~ Leaving

Only a thirst for your


Leila A. Fortier

Leila A. Fortier is a poet, artist, and photographer currently residing in Okinawa, Japan. She is a member of the Alpha Sigma Lambda National Honor Society; pursuing her BFA in creative writing through Southern New Hampshire University. Her sculpted poetry is often accompanied by her own multi-medium forms of art, photography, and spoken performance. The symbolic representation of inner dialog and fluid continuum of her thought processes is demonstrated by her signature use of italics and the tilde. Selections of her work have been translated into French, Italian, Spanish, Arabic, and German in a growing effort to foster cultural diversity and understanding through the voice of poetry. With over one hundred publishing credits, her work in all its mediums has been featured in a vast array of publications both in print and online. Her forthcoming second book of poetry, Numinous is scheduled to be published by Saint Julian Press in the autumn of 2014. A complete listing of her published works can be found at: www.leilafortier.com