After The Storm

by Leslie Dianne


After the storm

expect butterflies

gasping for atmosphere

and tiny gnats annoying with their

persistence to survive

a weed peeks out from the concrete

and begs

the boot

to stomp



a single leaf

plummets from the branch that is

too long, too strong

for the city street


snowflakes can dazzle

rain can rip open the heart

because the memory of rivers

is strong

and everyone arrives

sooner or later

crawling, climbing, dancing

out of the water

out from the storm

Leslie Dianne is a poet, novelist, screenwriter, playwright, and performer whose work has been acclaimed internationally in places such as the Harrogate Fringe Festival in Great Britain, The International Arts Festival in Tuscany, Italy and at La Mama, ETC in New York City. Her stage plays have been presented in NYC at The American Theater of Actors, The Raw Space, The Puerto Rican Traveling Theatre and The Lamb's Theatre. Her screenplay, Strivers Row, was chosen as a finalist in the Urban World Screenwriting Competition and she was commissioned to write a children’s play that toured the New York City public schools. She holds a BA in French Literature and is currently working on a collection of poetry.


June 2018

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