How to Begin the Night

Close the blinds
and breathe –
eyelids at rest.
Pull swaths of curtain
over the world.
The day no longer holds you.
The night opens and unfurls –
the blue orchid of Persephone’s dream.

A sinking stone falls –
finding no bottom.
The prayer for sleep
swims in circles –
it counts sheep.
Listening for the deepest,
darkest part –
seeking the ocean bed world –
the call becomes a pin point,
then nothing at all.

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Cristina is the author of 5 poetry collections including, Land & Sea: Poetry Inspired by Art with co-author Irene Ruddock (2007), The Red Drum (2008, 2013), Unsung Love Songs (2010), The Lava Storyteller (2013) and Living Nature’s Moments: A Conversation Between Poetry and Photography (2014) with co-author, Patricia Bashford. Her works appear in North American and international journals, such as The Toronto Quarterly, Red Cedar, Verse Wisconsin, The Moon Magazine, Your Daily Poem and The Nervous Breakdown. Featured in the Bay View Arts Guild exhibit, ARTiculate (2011, 2012), Cristina’s work also appears in the anthologies, Contemporary Women’s Literature (2007), Verse & Vision (2011, 2012), Sounds of Solace (2013), A Touch of Saccharine (2014), and The Ariel Anthology (forthcoming). She was the co-editor for the project One Vision: A Fusion of Art & Poetry in Lake Country (2009-11) and is currently one of the co-organizers of Random Acts of Poetry & Art Day. Cristina is also a contributing member for the Art Ambush Project. Cristina is the founding editor of Blue Heron Review (, an online poetry journal. Find out more:

Last updated August 25, 2011