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April Entwinement
Margaret Chula


The morning glory
is tangling its green 
vines around me. 
Binding my feet like 
a Chinese maiden,
twisting up to my 
waist. A belt of leaves 
blooms from my belly. 
The sun is bright. 
A glory beams 
through the clouds.

Up it climbs. The vine
turns again, circles 
the contours of my body, 
coiling more tightly around 
my neck. A mourning dove 
coos from the telephone 
wire. A moth catches its 
wings in the brambles.

Now the vine has come 
to rest on the top of my 
head, bursting into full 
bloom. A white halo 
opens like an umbrella.

There should be a word
for the power of light.

© by Margaret Chula .
Used with the author’s permission.


Margaret Chula lived in Japan for twelve years where she taught creative writing at Kyoto universities. She has published six collections of poetry, most recently What Remains: Japanese Americans in Internment Camps, a collaboration with quilt artist Cathy Erickson. Specializing in Japanese poetic forms, Margaret teaches workshops at universities, Zen centers, and at poetry conferences. One of her haiku was printed on Itoen tea cans distributed throughout Japan. This year, Friends of Chamber Music has appointed her their Poet Laureate, to create original poems for each concert. Margaret lives in Portland, Oregon, where she enjoys hiking, swimming, gardening and sitting in the window seat watching clouds. Learn more about her at


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"What Remains" is a wonderful book - great poems, quilts, artwork. Very moving. I'm glad this poet was featured in YDP.
Posted 04/04/2011 08:34 PM
Totally agree, Jeanie, what a wrap! Love the jungle of images just heaped upon me.
Posted 04/03/2011 06:57 PM
beautiful, lovely. that last line is going to haunt me all day.
Posted 04/03/2011 10:12 AM

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