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Color of missing
fugitive in sinkhole, cenote
ear of god, so it was believed
that would hear
the voice of your drowning.

Color of coughing
Earth anemic
pyramids of hunger, acacia thorns of thirst
ritual tightened
scuff of your small-bound feet
along a slow lame road.

Color of pleading
Face a blue veil
you sing rain, song of animal, free, flower
child you sing for child
cloth pressed
against small breasts.

Color of piercing
Needle voice
through opaque ear. Drowned
you rise, take wing as eagle
infant scree, scree, screeee circling
the earless skull of Chichen Itza’s temple.


Ulrike Narwani moved to Sidney, BC in 2003 after living abroad for many years. She and her husband, both passionate about flying, have co-written a memoir Above the Beaten Path about their adventures flying a single-engine Cessna 182 into remote corners of the world. Now, nurtured by a vibrant community of local poets, poetry has become a major part of her life. Her poetry has appeared in literary journals, chapbooks and anthologies. Poetry placed first in Freefall’s contest (2012); and received honorable mention Vallum (2013).  Collecting Silence is her debut volume of poetry (Ronsdale Press, 2017). Her poem “Three Wishes” was selected for the BC Poetry in Transit 2017 program. She is an active participant in Victoria’s Planet Earth Poetry reading series, a member of Haiku Arbutus and the League of Canadian Poets.

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