names will never

in your lap   bright beads             fabric             threads
turn to semblances of       human shapes

on every inch of wall       they hang
:rag dolls:            :beaded dolls:​
                                          cold for company

:porcelain dolls:       :clay dolls:       placed so close
they leave              no room             for shadows

:sticks and stones                   dolls:
                        will break my bones—

your dry yarn voice.            never rests.

                  their ears listen             as you mend.
black beaded eyes             shined with a secret—

you give them              a face make them
             in turn   they hold             your darkness

stuffed inside

            these             sometimes             pierced
            always smiling        orange goddesses

            inside their        ripe bellies
            inside                   their dried up breasts


Daniela Elza

About Daniela Elza

Daniela Elza had been published nationally and internationally in over 80 publications. She is the author of "the weight of dew" (Mother Tongue Publishing, 2012), "the book of It" (2011), and most recently "milk tooth bane bone" (Leaf Press, 2013) of which David Abram says: “Out of the ache of the present moment, Daniela Elza has crafted something spare and irresistible, an open armature for wonder."  Daniela earned her doctorate in Philosophy of Education from Simon Fraser University (Canada) and is the 2014 Writer-In-Residence at the University of the Fraser Valley.
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