as sundown slowly slips into darkness
the queen the bride
velvet with stars
descends her staircase
welcomed with the breath of prayer . . .
she is like the evening’s candle flame
and like a moth
we are drawn to her blessing and delight
as we recite again, again, and again
this is our home of anywhere
Sister Lou Ella Hickman, I.W.B.S. is a former teacher and librarian whose writings has appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies; Press 53 published her first book of poetry in 2015 entitled she: robed and wordless. She was nominated for the Pushcart Prize in 2017 and in 2020.