Nordic Play – Gabriela M.

an island shimmers on the Nordic sea

your eyes are madness and pale blue 

under your fingers the piano

ennobles pain and makes the snow to fall

play the melancholy of winter

white adulterated by a frozen mauve 

I’ll make the bed and walk in silence

to the place of roses and of cinnamon

don’t follow me

remain and play under the blues of winter  

the scented mystery of all the women 

who never knew

the fires hidden 

in the glaciers of your soul 


Gabriela M. is a US university professor and author of three novels. Her poetry was published by Spillwords Press, STRAWZINE (London), Wolff Poetry Literary Magazine, Vita Brevis, Indian Periodical, Gioielli Rubati Poetry (translated in Italian by Flavio Almerighi), Tuck Magazine, KashmirPen, “Heretics, Lovers, and Madmen,” Literary Yard, Proletaria, and Free Verse Revolution. She was selected “Author of the Month” at Spillwords (April 2019). Her poem “the breath of love and death” was voted “Publication of the Month” at Spillwords (November 2019).  Gabriela’s work was included in the anthology America’s Emerging Poets Southeast Region (Z Publishing House, 2018) and Florida’s Best Emerging Poets 2019 (Z Publishing House, August 19, 2019). She blogs at shortprose.blog.
Christina Schwarz, the author of the New York Times Bestseller “Drowning Ruth,” on Gabriela’s poetry: “With lush language and lavish imagery, Gabriela M. evokes a fantastic world ripe with emotion.”  
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14 thoughts on “Nordic Play – Gabriela M.

  1. I’ll make the bed and walk in silence
    to the place of roses and of cinnamon
    don’t follow me

    I love these lines: the fragrance of roses and the warm smell of cinnamon clashing with a wintry soul. “Don’t follow me”, short and sharp, works so well here.

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