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Swaying Sovereignty

written by: Rochelle Foles

@shellilouwho

 

irish moss hung from barren tree branches 
       veil of a ghost bride long after she’d been jilted

 gently, almost imperceptibly             moving in the dead still of the quiet bayou

 

 generations upon generations
               of ill begotten secrets hidden in hoodoo altars            of hollow bee trees
                                                                               

                     
 multiplying in shadowed power          intent unknown save to a privileged few 
                                                                                carrying on the 
                                                                                                                    old traditions
                                                                                                                          in the face of those

                                                                     who would deny the wisdom and dominion of the ancestors

Rochelle Foles

Rochelle Foles

Rochelle began writing at the age of twelve. Encouraged by her local librarian, she cut her poetic teeth on ee cummings, T.S. Eliot, Walt Whitman and Elizabeth Barrett Browning, all of whom continue to influence her writing today.

She is a logophile and her playful attitude towards words can often be seen in her writing through her use of fonts, space, spelling and design.

She considers it a privilege to be read and to be an active contributor to Spillwords.
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