Alana Seena – Rosè and Laurel Leaves
It’s half past one too many I’m standing in a temple that wasn’t there before An epiphany paved with moon-white marble and rose-colored noise The ceiling is painted to look like the empyrean I supposed that makes sense For all the constellations I’ve ever seen Most were scattered on the back of another And I was content But I digress There is a high priestess at the fountain With a cigarette in her left hand Orating modern arcana I sit at the fountain’s edge Wishing for a way to wash the stained glass window of my head with sunlight I catch a note of the priestess’ diatribe You don’t always have to love the way the flowers inside of you bloom.
Alana Seena is a fledgling writer from South Florida. Her eclectic writing pulls from personal experiences, arcane desires, and whatever symptom is acting up that day. Alana's work has previously and proudly appeared in Little Death Lit, Roi Fainéant Press, and the now defunct Hecate Magazine. Track her down on Twitter @alanaseenah
Artwork: Persephone & the Narcissus by Meah Rey
Meah Rey is a 23 year old Filipino-American poet and artist from Olympia, WA USA. Growing up in the queer-positive Pacific Northwest, Meah has been openly pansexual and genderfluid from a young age. Meah's most recent publication is their debut book, "Memento Mori Phoenix," an anthology of poems and paintings from ages 13 to 21 exploring the cycle of life, death, decay, and rebirth as a neurodivergent youth. Meah can be found with her girlfriend and cats, baking sourdough and playing zombie video games.