PF detail from Pierre-Auguste Renoir - Beach Scene, Guernsey (Children by the Sea in Guernsey) - 1883;


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Michaela A. Gabriel (*1971) lives in Vienna, Austria, where she works as an English teacher for adults and a translator. She has been published in English, German, Italian, and Polish, both online and in print, and is the author of two and a half chapbooks: apples for adam, the secret meanings of greek letters, small confessions and pebbles of regrets (with Alex Stolis). Although afflicted by writer's block for a while now, she has not entirely given up hope that she will one day finish her full length manuscript, elemental.


indium (in)

her alphabet begins with a different letter: ksham.
it reverberates behind her brows each time she hums
prayers to shakti. little mirrors tinkle on her skirts,
she plucks sounds from their tongues, half-words,
and waits for the dragonflies down by the shore.
tonight she chooses blindness, shuts out the hues
of foxglove and blue, the tattoo of clouds above the pale
horizon line. then comes the command - from the depths,
from the whiteness, from the one who has no name.
and so she bends for him, as the big river bends,
the lion river that feeds on gravel and dye and drinks
itself midnight blue. she bends like a vault until a cry
shatters her insides, until she reaches perihelion.
her third eye sees. it cries liquid crystal tears.