On the edge of Lago Atitlan. A poem by Maryangel Chapman

On the edge of Lago Atitlan

What I wanted, more than anything,
was to fly.
to kick off, strong and sure and shoot up
into the azure sky, arms outstretched.
I wanted the wind,
rippling across my skin --
through me.
It wasn’t enough to stand there,
at the edge of the lake,
and look only so far.
I needed to dive.
Dive into the deepest part,
to swim to the very heart of these mythical waters.

To soar just above
and skim
each inch with my fingertips.
To say that I knew this place
and that it too,
knew me.

What I wanted
more than anything 
was to belong.

Maryangel Chapman is a writer, editor, and creative writing coach. Her work has appeared in several publications including CommuterLitFiction on the WebTDS InsiderThe Medium and Screamin Mama. Born in Guatemala and immigrating to Canada at the age of six, she has been writing ever since. Find me on Instagram @marys_bookish_musings

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Published by darcie friesen hossack

Darcie Friesen Hossack is a graduate of the Humber School for Writers. Her short story collection, Mennonites Don’t Dance, was a runner-up for the Danuta Gleed Award, shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writers Prize and the Ontario Library Association's Forest of Reading Evergreen Award for Adult Fiction. Citing irreverence, the book was banned by the LaCrete Public Library in Northern Alberta. Having mentored with Giller finalists Sandra Birdsell (The Russlander) and Gail Anderson Dargatz (Spawning Grounds, The Cure for Death by Lightening), Darcie's first novel, Stillwater, will be released in the spring of 2023. Darcie is also a four time judge of the Whistler Independent Book Awards, and a career food writer. She lives in Northern Alberta, Canada, with her husband, international award-winning chef, Dean Hossack.

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