There was a knotty ladder
Propping up the tree.

There was so much water filling up the desert.

There was a luminous hand,
Gently supporting the man,

It was a thought
Lost in a dream.

There were also strings of earthly tears,
Springing from our outstretched palms.

There were legions of unseen lizards,
Droves of deer with soft and scented fur,
Bald mountaintops enwrapped in fairy tales,
And snakes with sharp and sonorous teeth.

About the Poet

Flavia Cosma is an award-winning Romanian-born Canadian poet, author and translator. She has a Masters degree in Electrical Engineering and studied Drama in Romania. She is also an award-winning independent television documentary producer, director, and writer. She is fluent in English, French, Romanian, and Spanish and produces original literary works and translations in all four languages. Flavia has published seventeen books of poetry, a novel, a travel memoir and five children's books. Her poetry book Leaves of a Diary was accepted in the University of Toronto E. J. Pratt Canadian Literature program as course material during the school year 2007-2008. Her translation of Burning Poems by George Elliott Clarke into the Romanian language was published in Romania in 2006. Her translation of Argentinean poet Luis Raul Calvo's work from Spanish into Romanian was published in 2009 under the title Nimic Pentru Aici, Nimic Pentru Dincolo. In 2008, Flavia Cosma was appointed International Affairs Chair for The League of Canadian Poets. She is a member of The Writer's Union of Canada, The Ontario Poetry Society, British Comparative Literature Association, and Writer's Union of Romania. She is the Director of the International Writers' and Artists' Residency, Val David, Quebec, Canada