Literary Yard

Search for meaning


By: Leila A. Fortier

expressionless faces

I serve my smile to expressionless faces that know not
The palace of my heart~ That know not this
Language~ That know not this song~
I have fallen deeply
Rolling pages
Of your tongue~ Your
Mouth…my fevered trail of
Inspiration~ Tangled within these
Invisible lines of waking~ This eternal
Season~ A dream hovering just inches
Before your eyes~ Open mouthed and
Awaiting an edible moon~ As lips
Seal to quiet this audible
Secret that has
Stained my


Leila A. Fortier is a poet, artist, and photographer currently residing in Okinawa, Japan. She is a member of the Alpha Sigma Lambda National Honor Society; pursuing her BFA in creative writing through Southern New Hampshire University. Her sculpted poetry is often accompanied by her own multi-medium forms of art, photography, and spoken performance. The symbolic representation of inner dialog and fluid continuum of her thought processes is demonstrated by her signature use of italics and the tilde. Selections of her work have been translated into French, Italian, Spanish, Arabic, and German in a growing effort to foster cultural diversity and understanding through the voice of poetry. With over one hundred publishing credits, her work in all its mediums has been featured in a vast array of publications both in print and online. Her forthcoming second book of poetry, Numinous is scheduled to be published by Saint Julian Press in the autumn of 2014. A complete listing of her published works can be found at:


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