Open 2021 Poems - Caroline Reddy


A Sacred Dance

By Caroline Reddy


Twirling in a tattered tribal scarf
and an empty room,
I remember the empress flame
that lit the embers of an old Sufi heart.

I dream of a womb
where the ashes of a wounded bird
do not spoil.

it has been abandoned in a crypt
hidden beyond cypress trees
and tigerlilies to serve
me now.

Reserve these shimmies
and protect lost goddess shakes
maddening masquerades
in this sacred dance of stillness and shifting space


Caroline Reddy from US is a prolific and versatile writer whose published works include several short stories in the online publication Breadcrumbs Magazine and a book review for a volume of poetry by award-winning poet Claudine Nash. She is a children’s librarian at the White Plains Public Library, where she blogs frequently on young adult literature, STEAM activities and book reviews. A native of Shiraz, Iran, she is working on a semi-autobiographical novel about the immigrant experience from an Iranian-American perspective. She holds a Master of Arts in Writing from Manhattanville College and a Master of Library Sciences from Queens College.


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