Fifteen Years Was Not Enough
Near the piano the globe of Pluto spins and then tries to fly away on its black wings. In front of the television there's a circle of light where you would sleep and stretch out your arms in the darkness. Outside the door every stranger in the world knew not to come even one inch closer. You smiled and the earth cracked open and out walked crows and angels carrying toys and tiny pyramids. Now beyond the windows the willows are swaying and shaking out their long cold hair. But you were always there, you didn't fear the darkness or snow or the sun. The songs of birds preceded you and they even called out your name. You were always patient even when we were insane. I remember you lying on the bed, reminding us that we were living. You looked up and gently touched our faces and our hands. You watched us work and you approved. You ate our food and slept with us and sometimes you jumped into our dreams. Finally an arrow pierced your body and you were felled like a saint, but not before you showed us the map that would lead us to heaven.
Christina Zawadiwsky is Ukrainian-American, born in New York City, has a degree in Fine Arts, and is a poet, artist, journalist, critic and TV producer. She has received a National Endowment For The Arts award, two Wisconsin Arts Board awards, a Co-Ordinating Council Of Literary Magazines Award and an Art Futures Award, among other honors. She was the originator and producer of Where The Waters Meet, a local TV series created to facilitate the voices of artists of all genres in the media, for which she won two national and twenty local awards and a Commitment To Community Television Award. She is a contributing editor to the annual Pushcart Prize Anthology (and has received one herself), the recipient of an Outstanding Achievement Award from the Wisconsin Library Association (for her book The Hand On The Head Of Lazarus), has published several books of poetry and has published poetry and fiction in hundreds of literary periodicals. She has reviewed (online) music for Music Room Reviews, films for Movie Room Reviews, Movie Scribes, and FilmSay, books and films for Book Room Reviews, and books for The Small Press Review (print edition). She also creates and shows collages professionally.