by Cheryl Davis
She goes to her place every night and sits with the moon.
Time is short, dreams infinite.
A Moroccan medina calls her to its center.
Winding streets and reserved dark faces draw her in.
She works with women in their craft.
Somewhere the smell of coffee intoxicates.
Mysterious languages fill her head.
She wanders silk warehouses choosing fabric of fuchsia and gold
and haggles over the price of dates in the marketplace.
The jeweled headdress of a village bride rests on her head.
A monastery of stone and deep gardens is her refuge,
silence her sanctuary.
A woman of cavernous yearnings,
on safari for lives not yet hers.
Cheryl Davis spent her former life working in clinical addictions with diverse populations. Her art was first exhibited in a solo show featuring 35 of her works at the Community Arts Café in the summer of 2013. Davis’ work was selected for the 50th Annual Nationally juried exhibit, Dimensions, at Womble Carlyle Gallery. and she was awarded a Regional Artist Project Grant by the Winston Salem Forsyth County Arts Council for 2013-14. She serves on the board of Art for Arts Sake and has had exhibits at Red Dog Gallery, Unleashed Art Center, Studio 7, Scuppernong Books, Womble Carlyle Gallery and other sites over the past three years. She is a current member of the Winston Salem Writers.
Founded in 2005, Winston-Salem Writers is a group of writers who write fiction, non-fiction, plays and poetry, and who care about the art and craft of writing. They offer programs, workshops, critique groups, open mic nights, contests and writers’ nights out for both beginning writers and published authors. For more information, click HERE.