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183rd Weekly Poetry Contest honorable mention: I Asked the Alchemist

by Che Sara Sara

How do I change
white into silver?
He said add gray
and adjust the light.

That’s how I fell
from my ladder
into the ruins of a grotto,
with my neck and shoulder
and elbow burning,
unable to move, wondering
if another silver seeker
would find me as I found—
eye close to ground—
this tiny ladder of wild lilies
making their own white light.

Published in Bracken

183rd Weekly Poetry Contest