May’s Onion Moon by Emma Lee



I hold a slice of onion to the only window
in this reduced world. The rainbow opposite
acts as a reminder this isn’t a prison.
Watch the slice turn translucent,
transform into an opalescent sphere.
Light pollution has been diminished
by people settling into more natural rhythms.
I crack the window open for the first
time and steal a breath of purer air.



Emma Lee’s publications include The Significance of a Dress (Arachne Press, 2020) and Ghosts in the Desert (Indigo Dreams Publishing, 2015). She co-edited Over Land, Over Sea: Poems for Those Seeking Refuge, (Five Leaves Publications, 2015) and was reviews editor for The Blue Nib. She reviews for magazines and blogs at FB: Twitter @Emma_Lee1. Email:

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