Issue No. 9, Summer 2014

A Dream Held In A Mouth
Dah Helmer


When spirit is felt there is
purity. Pure.
From the inside.


decay is purity;
death a sunset,
a painted flame.


a shadow removed;
breath becomes sky.

A dream held in a mouth,
eyes closed,
becomes a passageway
that calls back
that calls forward
that crawls out.


Dah Helmer’s poetry has appeared in many publications, and most recently in The Sandy River Review, Stone Voices Magazine, Diverse Voices Quarterly, Orion headless, Words & Images In Flight, and Miracle Magazine, and is forthcoming in Eunoia Review, Perfume River Review, and Literature Today. The author of two collections of poetry from Stillpoint Books, his third collection is due for publication in 2014, also from Stillpoint. Dah lives in Berkeley, California where he is currently working on the manuscript for his fourth book.