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Donna Spruijt-Metz

Donna Spruijt-Metz

Donna Spruijt-Metz is a poet, translator, and Professor of Psychology and Preventive Medicine at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. Her first career was as a professional flutist. Her poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in venues such as the Los Angeles Review, Copper Nickel, RHINO, and Poetry Northwest. Her chapbook, Slippery Surfaces, was published by Finishing Line Press in March of 2019.

Pebbles Along the Labyrinth

                                  Psalm 31    


Listening for mercy – 
           I place                           pebbles

along the labyrinth  –  smooth

           in YOUR hand

against
           the cutting nets
                                   of trust

I am narrow
            in the               throat

Eyes                            clenched like fists

blackened bones         rattle out
                         grief.

In the dream
            I am a dead boat         no sound
                                                still waters

only the clamor
                                    of time
                                                the rasp

of dry hands
            passing me      to the next

destination, my face
                        burning
                                   
the wind
            singing high                 a castrato.
               
                         I choose time.

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