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with its brassy chill
with a transparent sky that sings
with its morning space
o thin wafer of sun
discovery that is of everything
this child within   out of the woman
with long hair
everything     endlessly wanting
yet singular needing
gentle is the hand
one voice
again transparent
that is the listening
that is the wanting
that   too  sings
     discover everything

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Sister Lou Ella Hickman

Sister Lou Ella Hickman has a master’s in theology from St. Mary’s University in San Antonio and is a former teacher and librarian. She is a certified spiritual director as well as a poet and writer. Her poems have appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies. She was a Pushcart nominee in 2017 and 2020. Press 53 published her first book of poetry entitled she: robed and wordless in 2015. James Lee III composed music for five of her poems from her book entitled “Chavah’s Daughters Speak” which was performed at Y92 (New York City) in May 2021.