Elixir by Dianalee Velie

                                    Lago Maggiore, May 2011


The verdant versatility of green explodes

everywhere. Luxuriant shades

in exponentially unlimited mutants

of jade climb from ivy ground cover

to the tallest Cyprus, from rampant weeds

to nurtured hybrids.


Italy stages a kaleidoscope show

of emerald today. Olive trees, lemon trees

and grapevines compete with oleander,

quince and palm, vying for praise,

preening in their own perception

of green.


In May, the green goddess

immerses herself in creation

taking center stage from her masculine

counterpart, who dominated the winter with

his white and gray deliberate laws of logic.


Driving through cavernous tunnels,

out of darkest winter into

the splendor of holy hillsides

the world sings out hallelujahs

of green in a cathedral of green.


Now we are inhaling green,

drowning in green, allowing the contents

of our heads to be filled with green.

as the goddess of evening euphoria

greets us with grappa and genepi.



BIO: Dianalee Velie is the Poet Laureate of Newbury New Hampshire where she lives and writes. She is a graduate of Sarah Lawrence College, and has a Master of Arts in Writing from Manhattanville College, where she has served as faculty advisor of Inkwell: A Literary Magazine. She has taught poetry, memoir, and short story at universities and colleges in New York, Connecticut and New Hampshire and in private workshops throughout the United States, Canada and Europe. Her award-winning poetry and short stories have been published in hundreds of literary journals and many have been translated into Italian.