My piece Who Am I? Featured in Shabd Aaweg- A Quarterly Review of Literary Fiction, Politics and Philosophy #literature

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I am thrilled to have my piece Who Am I? published by Shabd Aaweg – A Quarterly Review of Literary Fiction, Politics, and Philosophy, Issue VIII

Here are some teasers:

“…floats above the water as innocent as the breast of a young girl… Soon the sun will try to catch her naked and burn her skin … Pigeons will carry her across…

… I can see no relationship between my destiny and that which I do. I am …

At noon, the sun kneads the waters with rapture … the movement of the water on my skin. Its cyclical quality sends me in a state of ecstasy. No, it is not the ecstasy of Saint Teresa of Ávila. It is something similar to a soporific trance. I am dead and I am alive at the same time. I come from the sea. I return to the sea.

In the afternoon, my rational self awakes… I get preoccupied with verbs. I set one triangle in the normal position and I invert the other one. I bind them together…..  You are the goddess of vines, the mother earth, the chalice, the blood, the fertility of the womb. I mull over these desperate….

..I feed my iguana with cookies soaked in champagne… One kiss and you borrow my tears. One touch and I borrow your pain. A passage rite. I keep a coffin adorned with lilies in my bedroom. I sleep besides death like Sarah Bernhardt. Did you hear that noise? A rosary…”

Please read the entire piece here.

Thank you.

My book Passions: Love Poems and Other Writings featured in San Francisco Book Review and Manhattan Book Review.

@Gabriela Marie Milton

150 thoughts on “My piece Who Am I? Featured in Shabd Aaweg- A Quarterly Review of Literary Fiction, Politics and Philosophy #literature

    1. Aw.. thank you so much Megha. You are a sweetheart. I hope everything is well with you.

  1. Oh my…..!!! I am absolutely speechless, breathless after reading the entire piece, Gabriela. I am at a loss of words. WOW!!

    “Soon the sun will catch her naked and burn her skin. She will escape. Pigeons will carry her across the sea.” How stunningly descriptive!

    The second and third paragraphs were alive with gorgeous metaphors and vivid imagery. I could feel the sea on my skin. I could smell the cedar and spices. I could see the shadow of the seagull.

    “The wind slips between the petals of a rose and opens it.” Reading your poetry is seeing life beautifully, in slow motion. Appreciating each fraction of a second.

    The end was marvellous. “There is no me.” Spectacular! Bravo!

    Love and hugsπŸ˜πŸ’•πŸ€—πŸ€—

    1. My Dearest Ishita, you left me speechless. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. I have tears in my eyes. Your praise and your kindness are beyond. Usually my own writings do not enchant me. Yet, this piece is very close to my soul. Very close to who I am. Your appreciation means the world to me. Thank you once again sweetheart.
      Love and hugs to you.

      1. All my words for you come from my heart❀ You are a brilliant poetess, one of my favourites! It is absolutely my pleasure to read your wonderful pieces. The least I can do is compliment you dearπŸ’•
        xoxo….

      2. Aw…. thank you again. You are an angel 🌹🌹🌹🌹❀️❀️❀️❀️

  2. πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‘πŸ» congratulations on a mesmerising and thought-provoking piece of writing. There is so much in it. I will come back to read again for sure!

    1. Thank you so much Ingrid. Your kindness means a lot to me. Enjoy the rest of your day.
      xoxo

    1. Thank you Bo. Still trying to figure out how to get to your site. I don’t understand what is going on.

      1. Thank you so much Bo. Please try. I can see and read but I cannot like or comment.

      2. I am going to chat with WP. It is something wrong with my site. I hope this time they listen.

  3. Awwww…. What should I say? If I knew…. I would tell you! 😍😍
    Dearest Gabriela, your poems are the best! The vivid imagery here is just beyond beautiful. πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘I am lucky to have connected with you to read such amazing poems. Much love β€οΈπŸ€—

    1. Hi there my wonderful friend. What a beautiful comment. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for every word you wrote. You words are beautiful roses shining in the sun. I am humbled by your support and your love.
      Sending plenty of hugs and thanks.
      xoxo

  4. Oh Yay!!!
    So happy for you Gabriella and so deserved.
    Your poetry is a bright in my day.
    So many great lines. I particularly loved these.
    “I feed my iguana with cookies soaked in champagne… One kiss and you borrow my tears. One touch and I borrow your pain. A passage rite. I keep a coffin adorned with lilies in my bedroom”.πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘β€οΈβ€οΈπŸŒ·πŸŒ·

    1. Thank you so much Cindy. Your comment touches my heart. I am thrilled you enjoyed those lines. Wishes you a marvelous weekend and sending love 🌸πŸ₯°β€οΈπŸŒΉπŸŒΈπŸ₯°β€οΈπŸŒΉ

      1. You’re most welcome G!!!!
        I’m happy to hear that!
        I will and you do the same.
        Thanks for the love! πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸŒ·πŸŒ·πŸŒ· and to you β€οΈβ€οΈβ€οΈπŸ’–

    1. Thank you so much Rene πŸ₯°β€οΈπŸŒΉπŸŒΉβ€οΈπŸŒΉπŸ₯°

      1. Rene, thank you again. I hope you know how much I like yours 🌸πŸ₯°β€οΈπŸŒΉ

      2. My pleasure ❀️❀️❀️❀️

    1. My Dearest Cheryl, thank you so much for the congrats and the praise. You are a gem. Your support means a lot to me.
      Yes, it is a very intense feminine perspective πŸ™‚ What can I say? πŸ™‚
      Enjoy the rest of your weekend.
      Love
      G.

      1. David, you are brilliant. You are working hard. That was for your future. May you have success and happiness.
        And you know what? I am a simple blogger plugging along too.

  5. Many congratulations dear Gabriela….your verses are unique….quite mesmerizing & intense with touch of tenderness….have a wonderful Sunday ✨

    1. Thank you my dearest Navin. You humbled me with your words and with your friendship. I am thrilled you found the piece mesmerizing.
      May your Sunday be magical.
      xoxo

  6. ‘there is no me’
    Dear friend,
    You continue to amaze me with the most wonderful pieces, and you my friend are a magician. I remember you saying that to me. It was yours all along.

    1. Hello Shanyu, what a joy to have you here. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for the praise and the kind words. You are a darling? A magician? If so what can I do for you besides sending plenty of love and hugs ? πŸ˜ŠπŸ€—πŸ₯°β€οΈ

  7. Really really beautiful. You take us on this ride of immensely moving metaphors and imagery. Deeply vivid. Extremely flamboyant.
    You amaze me G, you really do.
    You ask who you are? You are your words, your poetry, your metaphors, and from that, I can say that you are phenomenal.
    Have a fantastic day in the sea. Keep that smile.

    (P.S. I hit send a little early on the earlier comment)

    1. Aw… I am so humbled by your words. Will you come with me in the sea? 😊
      Seriously I have no words to thank you for your words. They took my breath away 🌹❀️πŸ₯°β€οΈπŸ₯°

  8. Wow, Gabriela, that’s some of the most beautiful writing I’ve ever read. I’m speechless. Wonderful. Your imagery is sublime, and the underlying emotion is deep and breathlessly evocative.

    1. Thank you from the bottom of my heart Diana. You made my day. I am blown away by your magnificent words. I don’t know what else to say.
      Huge hugs. Enjoy the rest of your weekend.

      1. Yes. The manuscript is almost ready. One week to go and I will send it to the publisher

  9. Gab, here’s what support said:

    Can you please request the user to check your site from a different browser and see if he faces the same issue or not?

    If he faces the same issue with other browsers then please confirm the site’s URL on which that user is having issues. Also, please share the user’s email/username so we can check this further.

    (I think you better contact them yourself, if changing a browser/opening my site in a different window doesn’t help, instead of us sharing each other’s email addresses here. That way it’s just you and them. It’s safer.)

    1. Bo, I did that many times. Nothings happens. There is something wrong with my site. It started when I could not follow myself anymore. My posts do not appear in my reader. I cannot like your posts and others anymore. Do you know how I liked your last posts? I went to Eric’s site. Every time you like one of Eric’s posts I can see you among those who liked it, click on your site name and then I can perfectly like and comment on your site; via Eric’s site or any other site that you like and I can see you among those who liked it.

      Anyway, WP claimed three times that they fixed my site. I had plenty of chat hours with them. Every time they say they need to assign a specialist. A week after the specialist sends me an email saying the site was fixed. Not true.

      I will start chatting with them as soon as I can. I will do everything I can to fixed it.
      The thing with the browser is a bunch of hue.

      Bo, love you. You take care of yourself. I’ll get this fixed somehow.

      1. They say, it’s because mine’s a private site, the reason you ‘have to’ use Chrome or whatever. It makes no sense to me either. Once it happene to me. I couldn’t see a friend who also has a private blog. I think she in the end figured it all out by herself. So much for Support.

      2. It is something else. I am going to make a screen video: me trying to like your posts and then send it to WP. They will assign it to a specialist of course. And nothing will happened because I do not think they know how to fix it. I got to figure it out by myself. And I will.

  10. This piece speaks to my heart beautiful Button. It feels like a person’s lifetime laid out in this gorgeous piece. A strong and beautiful connection with the sea that brings timely peace to a frustrating life at times.

    β€œOne touch and I borrow your pain. A passage rite – I keep a coffin adorned with lilies in my bedroom.”

    A sense of drudgery in the mundane we all feel and question in our lives at times I also feel in this piece.

    To me this poem is like a reflection in the water. It holds a piece of every sensitive, every poetic soul and the yearning for understanding life we crave.

    This is now one of my favorite pieces of your work. You are a master with phrases, metaphors and emotions on paper. Bravo on the publication and writing such a gorgeous piece. πŸ€—β€οΈπŸ’•πŸ˜˜ love Honeybun (J)

    1. My dearest honeybun, thank you so much for your wonderful words and for the praise. It means a lot to me. I am glad you enjoyed the piece. It makes me happy.
      Sending you tons of love and blessings. Have a fabulous evening.
      G (Button)

      1. No need to thank me, it really is. One of my favourite parts was where the narrator sees no connection between what she is doing at the moment and her future, and says she is scared. Deep emotion so simply expressed.

      2. You know, I think that’s my favorite part too πŸ™‚
        Take good care of you B.

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