Talaria. A Poem by Irina Moga

Irina Moga 2021

Talaria 

I

Then he fitted me with talaria,
:: Mercury’s sandals,
–	straps made of iron and copper,
rust dispersing quietly over wings.

Wings made from 
fragments of small birds
 – their heads,
bones, feathers, severed aimlessly 

:: faint morning whistling and songs,
ruptured,
trickling, amid drops of blood, over my ankles. 

As I moved.

But what is movement made of? 


II

I have walked over the sands
of light,
doorsteps of frontiers
:: and the wings at my heels
have gone quiet,
folded over my toes.

I know this valley well::
I am at the mercy of uplifting winds.

I am at the mercy of words. 

Which message was I meant to bring, 
which frieze spilling over the edges of a temple?

Numbness – a story to be told
from A to Z: the brevity of our feelings.

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Irina Moga is a Canadian poet, member of the Writers’ Union of Canada (TWUC). Her book “Sea Glass Circe” was selected for an official launch as part of the 2020 Toronto LitUp!, Toronto International Festival of Authors (TIFA). Her latest poetry book, written in French, “Variations sans palais,” was published with Éditions L’Harmattan (France) in 2020. Irina’s work has appeared in literary magazines such as: “Canadian Literature,” “carte-blanche,” “PRISM International” online, “Foreign Literary Journal,” “Poetry Quarterly,” “Lettres Capitales,” and elsewhere.

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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 is now completing her first novel where, for a family with a Seventh-day Adventist father and a Mennonite mother, the End Times are just around the corner. 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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