Altar II

Devona Mallery


I was a
plain old side table.
Walnut finish
for student apartments.
Cheap prefab.
Nothing special.

But she changed all that.
A southwestern cross-stitched blue afghan
now graces the top of my body.

She added candIes, incense, shells
and other knickknacks of
importance at
east,
south,
west,
north,
center,
creating a symbolic pentacle
of universal unity.

Once a week
she stands in front of me.
Chanting,
dancing,
praying,
worshipping the moon,
the universe,
womanhood,
balance.

I am transformed into
a portal
that connects with
the divine.

I. No longer
insignificant.

I am now part
of the whole.

Euphemism Campus Box 5555 Illinois State University Normal, IL 61790