I am air, I am earth, feather, flesh, sky,
Flower, bird. I am all of these. Grey, white,
Pink, orange, blue surround me. I
Dance within, below, above, behind. Night
Frames my movements as we swirl, my fine swans
And I, blending into sacred spirals,
Blending into sacred dance. Fleet wings, bronze
Braids, pink skin, bright eyes—each one of us rolls
Into the other, around and around
We go, while darkness watches without star
Or moon to distract it from our profound
Madrigals. I am Leda, am Ishtar,
Am Valkyrie. I am all and more than
All. I am life, dance, spiral, goddess, swan.


*“Leda” has appeared in Remind Me, published by Ancient Cypress.


Contributor’s Note’s: Juleigh Howard-Hobson’s work has appeared in Mandragora (Scarlett Imprint), It Lives (Rune Wright), Etched Offerings: Voices From The Cauldron of Story (Misanthrope Press), Megalithic Poems, Enchanted Conversation, Idunna, Hex Magazine, New Witch, The Journal of Contemporary Heathen Thought, Odin’s Gift, New Heathen’s Almanac, Orb, Into the Willows, Soundzine (the Luck issue), and Umbrella (the Faith issue).

She is a Million Writers Award “Notable Story” writer, a Predators and Editor’s top 10 finisher and has been nominated for both the Best of the Net and the Pushcart Prize. She has also been shortlisted for the Holland Park Press Angels and Devils Poetry Prize, London.

Her work is forthcoming in The Absinthe Anthology (Hyacinth Girls Press), a yet-to-be-titled book of modern riddle poems edited by Kate Light, Trinacria, and Penduline. Her next book, Remind Me, is forthcoming with Ancient Cypress Press later this month.

An interview with Juleigh can be found at Poemeleon.