ahead of the enemy by marie c lecrivain


clear the shelves


burn the crops

and salt the earth

nothing will grow here


pull down the edifices

leave no record

of who we were

what we shared

of tears and laughter

o… the laughter


drop a clue, or three

perhaps a hastily written note

with the words

family… fixed… future

something to posit on why

we left and – possibly- how to reach us

should we feel the need to answer

but never return




Marie C Lecrivain is a poet, publisher of poeticdiversity: the litzine of Los Angeles, as well as Al-Khemia Poetica, and ordained priestess in the Ecclesia Gnostica Catholica, the ecclesiastical arm of Ordo Templi Orientis. Her work has been published in Nonbinary Review, OrbisPirene’s Fountain, and many other journals. She’s the author of several books of poetry and fiction, and editor of Gondal Heights: A Bronte Tribute Anthology (copyright 2019 Sybaritic Press, www.sybpress.com).

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