Hélène Cardona


Fall asleep at the lake tonight,

No boundaries, like a fairy,

I’m the eagle song, a calling,

Light defying gravity,

Someone you could steal horses with,

Case of mistaken identity,

Tears transforming into fish in the air,

Force that propels forward,

Surrenders, proclaims who I am,

With the kind of passport God has,

Her will an explosion,

Words for bullets,

I’ll bring you everything I have to offer,

Stardust, silence,

Grace from heaven and flutes like wind,

Impish, mischievous, good and bad,

Pulled out of myself into the spell,

I’ll ask anything, the unthinkable,

I move so fast, breathless,

Delicate craftsmanship,

I must’ve walked on all fours,

Elongated, neither human nor animal,

Creature you only see in magic.



“Spellbound” is from Life in Suspension (Salmon Poetry, 2016).