The Aspirant Doves dance in warm air hands tell the Buddha’s story with uneven voice not quite manly a crescent walnut centered in his throat ascending descending vocal tides dive deeper within unable to get the divine pearl young fisherman aspiring monk dreams of Tibetan monasteries hoping brass bells’ sweet invitation the empty bowl on the table misses nurturing rice blessings from the receiver’s fingered smooth beads meanwhile crossed legged on the stern he quietly notices how life’s pattern resembles jelly fish swept away by unpredictable ocean currents
Alicia Viguer-Espert was born and raised in Mediterranean Spain. She combines old and new traditions to elicit hope in her poetry. Her work has been published national and internationally. Winner of the San Gabriel Valley Poetry Contest with ‘Holding a Hummingbird’, her second chapbook Out of the Blue Womb of the Sea, was published by Four Feathers Press. She’s a twice Pushcart nominee.