Tamara Al-Qaisi-Coleman

Go to the grass that sits along the

                Edge of Lake Constance


As you sit search your

                Insides for the universal fluid that connects your

                                                                Carbon being to this body of water


In your blank mind call

                                For Gassner the Swabian Priest

                                                And ask for his supernatural cures


Then your eyes will adjust to the

Divine sphere which surrounds us

And all objects of the three kingdoms


In this silence meditate on the organ

That holds your celestial body 

                The spirit knows no time or space


When peace and innocence rule the heart

                                Only then can you see the whole soul

                                                                                And whole body contained in your palm





Tamara Al-Qaisi-Coleman is a bi-racial Muslim writer, historian, poet, and artist. Her first book of poetry The Raven, The Bayou, & The Willow is forthcoming through FlowerSong Press Spring 2022. She is a Brooklyn Poets Fellow, a Rad(ical) Poetry Fellow, and a poet for the Houston Grand Opera & MFAH’s event “The Art of Intimacy.” Her work can be found in (Art) WORDPEACE and Mixed Magazine, (Fiction) Crack the Spine Literary Magazine, (Poetry) Boundless 2021: The Anthology of the Rio Grande River Valley International Poetry Festival, and others.