Revelations. a poem by Lori D. Roadhouse

Lori D Roadhouse


Creator wipes clean Her 
slate	     	shale		igneous,
shakes down Her
Etch-A-Sketch Earth 
and starts over,
admits (to no one left)
that She wasn’t perfect.
Oceans strip evidence
from the surface,			
mountains fall to cover 
the mess we leave 
as our 
sins	 	souls		selves
are erased.

Creator’s shame and mistake - 
Her failure - 

The Sculptor
destroys Her experiment,
throwing Her clay
in howling hurricanes of anger;
in titanic tsunamis of grief;
in aching avalanches of agony;
Creator’s sorrow a
potent purgative.

Resigned and cleansed,
She begins anew,
takes earth up
in Her loving,
forgiving hands
to create again.

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Lori D. Roadhouse is a Calgary poet, writer, aphorist and singer.  She has been a member and supporter of the Writers’ Guild of Alberta, the Alexandra Writers’ Centre Society, the Red Mile Revenge poets, Passion Pitch Poetry and the Magpie Haiku Poets. She co-created the 2003 Writing Toward the Light Poetry Contest/Poetry Concert. Since 2007, Lori has been a Board member of the Single Onions Poetry Series. From 2008 – 2010 she was co-artistic director, performer and MC of Lotus Land at South Country Fair. She was the 2009 Poet in Residence for Radiant Lights eMagazine. She is a featured reader at a number of poetry and spoken word events and radio programs. Lori is a consulting editor of WordCity Literary Journal, curated by Darcie Friesen Hossack. She has been published in a variety of anthologies, magazines, newsletters, websites and CDs. Recent publications include: Tap Press Read by the Calgary Public Library and Loft 112; POP YYC, the project of Calgary Poet Laureate alumnus Sheri-D Wilson; WONDERshift, published by the AWCS; and the (M)othering Anthology, published by Inanna Publications in 2022.

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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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