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  November 2004
volume 2 number 4
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  Matthew A. Barraza
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  Quiana Briggs
  Tony Bush
  Joseph Camhi
  Velene Campbell
  Michael Ceraolo
  Rosemarie Crisafi
  Dan Danila
  Francisco Dominguez
  John Feins
  Daniel Garcia-Black
  Ursula T. Gibson
  Larry Jaffe
  Donna Kuhn
  Marie Lecrivain
  Sharmagne Leland-St. John
  Laura A. Lionello
  Harold Lorin
  Rick Lupert
  Stosh Machek
  Kelly Ann Malone
  Terry McCarty
  Tim Peeler
  James Pinkerton
  Beverly J. Raffaele
  E.W. Richardson
  Ken Scott
  Wanda Vanhoy Smith
  Rev. Dave Wheeler
  Robert D. Wilson
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Sharmagne Leland-St. John
November 2004



    Sharmagne Leland-St. John is a Native American poet, concert performer, lyricist, and artist. She is the editor-in-chief of the poetry e-zine Quill & Parchment.
    Sharmagne lives in Southern California and tours the United States, Canada, and England, as a performance poet either solo or with her band of poets.



Tiny Warrior

You never saw the spring, my love,

or the red-tailed hawk circling high above

on feathered wings, my love.

You only knew the snow.

You never saw the prairie grasses bend and blow

and undulate like the shimmering indigo sea.

You never saw me.

Your eyes were closed so tight,

they say you put up quite a fight.

Somehow your life was over before it had begun and

gently did I touch and kiss your tiny-fingered hand

born too soon.

You never saw the silver moon

or the light of a summer's day.

Last night I dreamt a gathering of eagles

had come

to spirit you away.

Born too soon,

your tender heart

could not beat

to the pulsing rhythm

of life's taut drum.

(for Nikolai 1982-1983)

copyright 2004 Sharmagne Leland-St. John