“The Forest Sighs” by Lelawattee Manoo-Rahming

Through the light of sapphires,

shadows sigh blue in bamboo.

Long before the wildfires,

manicou and lappe pass through.

Lelawattee Manoo-Rahming is a Trinidadian Bahamian engineer, artist, prize-winning poet, and fiction writer. Her work has appeared in numerous journals and anthologies. She is the author of two poetry collections: Curry Flavour (Peepal Tree Press, 2000) and Immortelle and Bhandaaraa Poems (a hybrid work published by Proverse Hong Kong, 2011).