Lime Hawk

Lime Hawk is an independent artist collective and literary press based in Redding, Connecticut, producing works that muse on environment, culture, and sustainability. 

Worm and Gold Leaf
Nic Sebastian

a man bows deeply
to a coconut palm
before he climbs
to harvest it

a woman begs forgiveness
from a worm

your raft glides
through drowsing reed
on black water

your hand falls asleep
on the tiller

a monk approaches you
faceless in silhouette
sunlit mango groves
bright at his back

everything is painted
in gold leaf
but the gods
are resistant

a volcano wakes
a child walks alone
in the rice fields

Nic Sebastian is the author of Forever Will End On Thursday and Dark and Like A Web, both published under the poetry nanopress model with partner editors. She co-founded and curates The Poetry Storehouse, which showcases "great contemporary poems for creative remix." Nic blogs at Very Like A Whale, and her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Yew Journal, Valparaiso Poetry Review, Anti-, MiPOesias, Blue Fifth Review, Avatar Review and elsewhere.