Alison Leigh Lilly

• peace, poesis & wild holy earth •

New Poem: Abstracted

I can’t tell you how honored I am to be included among a handful of amazing writers and artists in the most recent issue of Third Point Press, a literary journal that hails from my very own hometown of Lancaster, PA. (There’s an extra special thrill in getting published somewhere that even your mom has heard of!) Check out my piece, “Abstracted.”

September 20, 2017 · 2 Comments

Dear Editor: A Poem in Four Tweets

Dear Editor,
Are you okay?
I only ask because
your selections of late
have gone rather grim.
Not an ode to joy
among them,
not one kiss.

July 13, 2017

Dear Copyeditor,

I am writing you
this poem
the way a gazelle
must grow ever sleeker
and quicker
to escape
the indelicate jaws
of the lion.

April 12, 2017


Crow in a birch tree
shakes rain from its wings…

March 29, 2017 · 1 Comment

Memorial Day, Motherland and Blood Sacrifice

When it comes to questions of how to respond to the cultural demand to “honor the soldiers who died for you” — what should my honor look like?

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May 26, 2016

Holy Adoration: Fire as Prayer

It is enough to show up to this act of intention. Without the need to grasp what cannot be grasped. Without the need to name what cannot be named.

To hold my heart like a candle wick, steady, upright, held open to the presence of my gods.

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April 28, 2016

The Choice Between Freedom and Love

How much do I allow my life to be governed by my decisions? How open am I to making real choices, on a daily basis?

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February 8, 2016