Tao Rae Tasmaine 

Within her ivory tower 
high above the plague, 
Salina closes pain-filled eyes 
soon dwells within a dream; 

Barefoot through the vineyards 
vicious brambles bite, 
ivory feet stained blue 
painted by the night; 

The land is never-ending 
its colors gnash and scream 
but Death, upon his mighty steed 
will wash away the dream.

art by Margaret B. Simon

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