"Phoenix"

A Tribute to Gabriela Mistral

written by Christopher Poon

Art for “Phoenix” by Erin Blanding.PNG

art by Erin Blanding

The Phoenix on the  

battlefield, undying. 

Wings of an Angel, breath of  a Devil, 

Its crusading flames prey on  a mountain. 

The Phoenix on the  

battlefield, undying. 

Talons silver, rostrum  

golden, 

Its sly shadow slays a  thousand. 

—Drinking  

moonlight— 

—It grinds its bones— 

The Phoenix on the  

battlefield, undying. 

Plumage red, tail regal,

Its feathers rain like stones. 

The Phoenix on the  

battlefield, undying. 

To soar, to fly 

it eats the sun. 

—Reborn  

again— 

—It tries to run— 

The Phoenix on the  

battlefield, undying. 

Always 

Alone.

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