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I am the healer of clouds, jeweler to the wide rebellious sky,
Nobody cows me except myself;
I made my smallness, hid among the grains of sand,
and walked the roads in flaking ash.
I made the fear of death my fear,
the power that arises from the ash
the conquering flame reborn from quietude:
I cowed myself into my own submission,
I sprang myself into my own domain.
I'll walk the sun my labyrinth,
demand no recompense for past misdeeds,
confess to no regret but need,
its paths to burn along my symmetry.
I'll make such pain as to reveal your hue,
I'll make such splendor feathered in my triumph
to comfort with unfolding majesty
the ancient storms awoke from aeons' slumber,
adorned in all the wide rebellious sky.




Rose Lemberg is a queer, bigender immigrant from Eastern Europe and Israel. Rose's work has appeared in Lightspeed: Queers Destroy Science Fiction, Strange Horizons, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Unlikely Story, Uncanny, and other venues. Their Birdverse novelette "Grandmother-nai-Leylit's Cloth of Winds" has been nominated for the Nebula Award, and longlisted for the Hugo Award and the Tiptree Award. Rose's poems have won the Rannu competition, placed in the Rhysling award, and won and placed in the Strange Horizons Readers' Poll. Rose's debut poetry collection, Marginalia to Stone Bird, is available from Aqueduct Press (2016). Rose can be found on Twitter as @roselemberg, on Patreon as Rose Lemberg Creating Birdverse, and online at their website.
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