A child's spirit|
loosed like an arrow
into the world.
I left behind the old country,
all that I loved,
all that I knew.
The arrow flew into the sun.
Direction is easy
when you're aimed by other hands,
confident and direct and true.
There is nowhere else to go,
except the road that is open.
Aimed straight at a star;
my shadow lay sleek along me,
within me —
it was only when the arrow faltered
and started down, uncertain of where
it would touch the patient Earth
that shadow broke loose and started
growing stronger, deeper,
casting darkness on the ground.
It was only when gravity took me back
And I turned away at last
from looking into the light
that I finally knew how far I had come
and what a dangerous, irretrievable choice
had been made in my name, taking flight.
[Ed. Note: Second part of a 10-part poem to be published in its entirety over the next few renditions. « Previous | Next »]
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Alma Hromic, the author with R. A. Deckert of Letters from the Fire, was born in Novi Sad, Yugoslavia. However she has lived outside her native country for much of her life: Zambia, Swaziland, South Africa, the UK and New Zealand. Trained as a microbiologist, she spent some years running a scientific journal, and later worked as an editor for an international educational publisher. Her own publishing record includes her autobiography, Houses in Africa, The Dolphin's Daughter and Other Stories, a bestselling book of three fables published by Longman UK in 1995, as well as numerous pieces of short fiction and non-fiction. Her last novel, the first volume of a fantasy series, Changer of Days: The Oracle, was published in September 2001 by Harper Collins. Last January, Hromic won the much coveted BBC online short story competition. Her story, The Painting, was broadcast in the UK in the last week of January 2001.
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