Beate Sigriddaughter  Debuts



They say it’s all illusion.


One of my favorite illusions

has yellow eyes and climbs

over my legs to get to the best spot

in front of the fire in the otherwise cold

house. She voices things I cannot

understand. Sometimes we share

my swivel chair, which she firmly

believes is hers.


When I was seven I nearly drowned.

I was so disappointed: “Was that all?”

It wasn’t. Here I am, giving thanks

for years and years of fear and enchantment,

tantrums and being breathlessly in love.


This morning the sun sang up into the marble

sky. Birds whirred like arrows.

It is too cold for lizards now. This year

I had everything I ever wanted, plus

a few scorpions, and my unexpected

new love Orion, and lately

Castor and Pollux holding hands.


Perhaps I am drowning again, blessed

and never satisfied. Perhaps the longing

for more is the ceremony

of magnificent illusion.



Beate Sigriddaughter,, grew up in Nürnberg, Germany. Her playgrounds were a castle and World War II ruins. Now she lives in Silver City, New Mexico (Land of Enchantment) where she was poet laureate from 2017 – 2019. Her work has received multiple Pushcart Prize nominations and several poetry awards. She orchestrates the blog WritingIn A Woman’s Voice, where she publishes other women’s voices and awards a monthly prize.

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Pushcart nominee Jeanette Cheezum has been published on several online writing sites and in fifteen Anthology books and four poetry books. Three of these books have made the New York Times Best Sellers list. Awarded The Helium Networks Premium Writer’s Badge, Bronze Creative Writing Award and a Marketplace Writers award. Recently she has published fourteen ebooks at Barnes and Noble and Amazon. You may find a list of some of her work at
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