Sunlight Opened and spread across the cracks of my palms. I take in the sight of melting dawn. Days I can taste bubble in the back of my throat. Hoots and hollers of ancestors ring through my ears. I recognize the hymn. A vague wisp of a memory buzzes past my ear; though the long-standing church bells have seized chiming. I find gold-plated daydreams in the ancient ruins. My grandmother’s laugh follows me in the wind; a baby blue ribbon I dreamt of, holds my curls while chasing after it. Teetering on the cusp of all my ages.
About the Poet:
Kelli Lage lives in the Midwest countryside. Lage is currently earning her degree in Secondary English Education and works as a substitute teacher. Awards: Special Award for First-time Entrant, Iowa Poetry Association, 2020. Read more by Kelli on her website.
Author photo: Isaac Hackman Photography
About the Illustrator:
Leticia Plate was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina and grew up in Rome, Italy. She spent 15 years living and illustrating in New York City. She has studied illustration and design in Italy and in the USA. A graduate of School of Visual Arts, she has worked with magazines, newspapers, design firms, and advertising agencies. She now lives in Portland, Maine.
View her portfolio at leticiaplate.com.
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4 thoughts on “November 2021 MoonBite: Sunlight Opened”
WOW, this is beautiful, nostalgic, wonderful. The illustrations made me happy.:-)
Many thanks! 🙂
Love the artwork in this piece – really lends itself to the words.
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Reblogged this on Tangled Locks Journal and commented:
Each day, sunlight spends a little more time with us. In Sunlight Opened, Kelli Lage captured the joy and hope of new beginnings. This piece was beautifully illustrated by Leticia Plate.