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Poppy Tears





Poppy Tears





Under the brazen bulbous moon, symphonic dreams—

a harem of poppies sways seductively, synchronized

to rhythmic desires of covetous Master West Wind.



Translucent scarlet saris sweep

midnight-blue mascaraed lashes.



Tomorrow, discarded sheaths lie limp on hard ground

beneath bared pregnant wombs waiting to ripen—

the only remaining confirmation of His continual rape.




Bernadine Lortis


{the author indicates the title "poppy tears" is a common name for opium.}




Born in rural Minnesota, I have lived in Mpls./St. Paul for nearly 60 years, currently wintering in San Miguel de Allende , MX. I've written secretly and sporadically for years but began prioritizing and submitting in 2016 when family responsibilities decreased. Since then, I've had fiction, creative nonfiction, flash fiction and poetry published in the following: Ariel Chart, Lost Sparrow Press, Mused: bellaonline, Cosmo Funnel, Every Writers' Resource, Miller's Pond, Oasis Journal, Poetry Super Highway, The Afterlife of Discarded Objects, Stirring: sundress press, Silver Birch Press: word press; Mothers Always Write, Persimmon Tree, Martin Lake Poetry; Flash Fiction for Flash Memory and included in A Poet-Artist Collaboration and Women Speak (Portraits, Poetry and Prose of the Feminine Experience) and as one of five poets in chapbook, "Fridays at Ten" in San Miguel de Allende.

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