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SHJ Issue 16
Spring 2017

Welcome to the Living Vision

by Ciera Valdivia

Come through this dream creation
As the sunlight hits your face stories awaken for a new day
Your ghost-like reflection looking toward the horizon
The Hudson framed within a window
Measurements of greatness only told in folklore

Walk the streets, run the hills, and climb the stairs
Make it to the top floor!
City skyline commands you forward
Shining edifices of a modern age meet history
Weaving baroque with brick
To erect an evolving city

Instantly a part of what you see
Transform as you say,
“Manhattan give me your skyline!”
The self falls away only to be captured in the landscape
Colors of settling stories quilted together
A piece of you stitched into view


—Selected for Honorable Mention in the competition for the Steve Kowit Poetry Prize 2016, and first published in the San Diego Poetry Annual 2016-17 (Garden Oak Press, February 2017); appears here with permissions from both poet and publisher.


SHJ Issue 16
Spring 2017

Ciera Valdivia

With a background in international politics, Ciera frequently travels the world drawing inspiration from the places she visits.

“...we have been born here to witness and celebrate. We wonder at our purpose for living. Our purpose
is to perceive the fantastic. Why have a universe if there is no audience?” — Ray Bradbury