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Rose Mary Boehm

Rose Mary Boehm is a German-born British national living and writing in Lima, Peru. Her poetry has been published widely in mostly US poetry reviews (online and print). She was twice nominated for a Pushcart. Her fourth poetry collection, THE RAIN GIRL, was published in 2020. Her fifth, DO OCEANS HAVE UNDERWATER BORDERS, has just been snapped up by Kelsay Books for publication May/June 2022. Her website:


The Inca walls lack spaces. Each stone
hewn, or molded, or thought into
the precise shape to receive the others.
Even earthquakes cannot dislodge
this purpose. Strength from
accommodating differences.

At dusk, under the flame tree,
sheltered by green arms and fingers
intertwining to make the perfect
canopy, I contemplate distances,

giant gaps which dance in tight
formations to create my story,
holding, unfolding, molding.
Parallaxes rather than remoteness.

Reaching up to the southern stars
I touch the child I was, and the northern
pine forests fill with the scent of decay
and rebirth. Mushrooms emerge
from their universal veils.
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