Rainbow Passage

Like an ivy my eyes climb upward
to seize the unreachable part
of the rainbow,

a staircase towards heavenly dimensions
for those who were pierced and bitten
by the teeth of war,
for the wings ripped off, for the exiled, for those sacrificed
during my mother’s last winter.

I look at my feet from up there; they grow rusty leaves
and I think that I stepped into senescence
long ago and I need to do something
before my every moment slips through the net of life.

My shadow on the ground shows me the time – it’s sharp Now –
I shape the rainbow with my eyes until we become one,
feeling within me the stepping of the souls in their passage to freedom.

Mihaela Melnic lives and writes in Rome, Italy, where her prose and poetry evolve and take different shapes with every new life experience. Her recent work has appeared in various venues including Harbinger Asylum published through Transcendent Zero Press, Lothlorien Poetry Journal, Dissident Voice and Impspired magazine. Her debut poetry collection "Change of Seasons" was released in 2018. Her latest work is the book "Evermore" written in co-authorship and released in September 2021 through 17Numa Press. Visit her website for more of her writings. Read other articles by Mihaela.