The Lion’s Gate – Caroline Reddy

It’s time to resurrect my light

so that I can rewire a new path 

as I rewind these neuron memories

and liberate 

the yellow-green speckles 

from the bloated fish,

that washed up on the beach years ago.

Even if I enter the Lion’s gate

the amber tapestry painted

across the August beams

still might embrace the salty residue

that trapped me in a loop for years.

The sunflowers 

can circle around the smiling sun

as the illusions begin to fade from my heart.

The veil between the dimensions is thin

ever since I began to believe

and I have waited so long

for the mind to awaken 

to the way 

so that the magician is more than a 

mere silhouette in the moonrise.

I close my eyes and bask in the orbs

that appear in the golden hall

allowing myself to chant 

the spell-casting secrets from within.

I unleash my shield and reforge my sword

to spark an inner flame

to prepare me for the portal

as Leo and Sirion align with Orion’s belt.

Caroline Reddy’s work has been accepted or published in Active Muse, Bethlehem Writers Roundtable, Braided Way, Calliope, Clinch, Grey Sparrow, International Human Rights Arts Festival, Literary Heist, The Opiate, Quail Bell and Star*line, among others. In the fall of 2021, her poem “A Sacred Dance” was nominated for the Best of The Net prize by Active Muse. A native of Shiraz, Iran, Caroline Reddy is working on a collection of poems titled Star Being, which chronicles the life of a Star Seed on earth.

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