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Consulting the Consulta
by Pamela Ahlen

Pray make me as commanding—in a yolk-gold gown cinched at the waist, turbaned hat, cigar mouthed like Che Guevara.  Ochún, Santera de Los Rios— make me as seductive and sensuous, generously granting conceptions, my female organs supple but tucked in tight. Lend me your talent for divination: reading cowry shell patterns tossed upon the mat, lend me strategies for cleansing: a white ginger lily bath, a jasmine douche. Queen Yalorde, sunflower Orichá, the sacred water in your cells turns from shade into the light. You cannot have always been blooming, even you must own some melancholy. If I place honey on your altar, the yellow porcelain sopera filled with river water and read properly your juju hoodoo cowry shells, will you  hold my tart heart in your palms?

Published in Cider Press Review, Volume 20, Issue 1.

Pamela AhlenPamela Ahlen is currently program coordinator for Bookstock Literary Festival in Woodstock, Vermont.  She organizes literary events for Osher (Lifelong Education at Dartmouth) and has recently compiled and edited the Anthology of Poets and Writers: Celebrating Twenty-Five Years at Dartmouth. Pam is the author of the chapbook Gather Every Little Thing (Finishing Line Press).

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