Poetry By Isabela Minogue

Poetry By Isabela Minogue

By Isabela Minogue

beginning.

the first plunge of grief
sealed my fists
gripping my ghost
in a tsunami
sifting through
wreckage to gather
the dust left of me
bits of myself in the salt
scattering a sea
until i exhausted
at a fool’s errand
the ashes slipped through
my broken fingers
i watched myself
lie flat and dispersed
my fragments
blowing away
leaving nothing
to piece back together
and so began
the rebirth.


leaving.

wipe the tears
from your swollen cheeks
it’s time to unstick yourself
unwind tangled limbs
from the puddle of you on the floor
lift your knees from the stinging ground
turn on the lights
throw the door open wide
do not bother
packing your grief
in a suitcase heavy on your chest
exit these windowless walls
shut the door tight
you have been done here for some time.


banyan tree.

with my own sealed fists
i cinched all flow
through my veins
hoarding every
reminder of you
to lock all your fragments
firmly in my chest
lead sitting heavy
on my lungs because
if i breathe out the grief
will you fall out along with it
trauma has
made my blood stone
cemented airflow
anchored my body
to pain sinking
i’ve had to leave myself dead
incessantly
my seeds have slipped
into the cracks of my graves
and from there i rise
a banyan tree
soul fully inhaling
life from the death
seeping my toes into the soil
sliding my roots deep into the ground
stretching my limbs
toward the light
i am a banyan tree
the kind that moves all around
growing and rerooting
spreading myself
dancing my roots



Isabela Minogue is a world wandering artist, currently residing in New York City. Raised in Los Angeles, CA, she attended Lewis and Clark College in Portland, OR, where she studied Ceramics and French. She has been writing as long as she can remember, but really began diving deep into her poetry after experiencing trauma and loss. Her work deals with death, grief, and rebirth, as well as power, strength, and being a woman in this world

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