St. Ia – a poem by Susie Gharib

St. Ia

Ia viewed the empty shore
with somber sorrow.
They had left her behind
fearing the inclemency of the clime
would claim her tendril-life.

Enthralled by an audacious leaf
that solely floated on the Irish Sea,
she pressed it with a rod to test its buoyancy,
but instead of descent
the leaf grew in size proportionately
to accommodate the saint-to-be.

Embarking upon the miraculous leaf,
Ia would make it to Cornwall
before St. Gwinear and his company
to establish her oratory.

Susie Gharib
is a graduate of the University of Strathclyde with
a Ph.D. on the work of D.H. Lawrence. Her poetry and fiction have
appeared in multiple venues including Down in the Dirt, Impspired
Magazine, Mad Swirl, A New Ulster, Adelaide Literary Magazine, The Ink
Pantry, and the Pennsylvania Literary Journal.


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