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Issue 17: 29 Jan. 2023
Sequence of  
Micro-Poems: 94 words
By Hedy Habra

On Chinese Ink Brush Painting



A simulacrum
of a peony dances
over rice paper



Bamboo shoots shiver
as a gust of wind flutters
leaves pray in silence


Lotus Prayer

Two open hands join
thumbs in a kiss, fingers bend
the arc of their palms


Plum Blossom

Each petal slowly
covers knotted black branches
with butterfly’s wings



Never two alike
infinite blades endure
grace the twisted hedge



We hang in clusters
soft-shaded washed-out colors
speak through blank spaces



Oval silken shapes
tightly wrap around themselves
sepals’ edges darken

Hedy Habra
Issue 17 (29 January 2023)

is a poet, artist, and essayist. She is the author of three poetry collections from Press 53: most recently, The Taste of the Earth (2019), Winner of the Silver Nautilus Book Award and Honorable Mention for the Eric Hoffer Book Award; Tea in Heliopolis, Winner of the Best Book Award; and Under Brushstrokes, which was a Finalist for the Best Book Award and the International Book Award. Her story collection, Flying Carpets, won the Arab American Book Award’s Honorable Mention and was a Finalist for the Eric Hoffer Award. A nominee 16 times for the Pushcart Prize and five for Best of the Net, and a recipient of the Nazim Hikmet Award, her multilingual work appears in numerous journals and anthologies.

Author’s website: https://www.hedyhabra.com/

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