afrose fatima ahmed

six of honey
the lovers search the consecrated rocks
scattered at the bottoms of emotional
waters. subterranean seas. looking for lapis
lazuli. rocks alter iron into gold. heat pollen
into honey. metamorphose starstuff into
blood, seeking the jewel in the wound.


rituals & rites
fill glass vials covered by gold leaf with O
negative human blood. the universal donor.
hang over the cribs of babes. invite the
ancestors to hold watch over your creative
children as they sleep. paint their dreams
with the brush of collective memory.
whittle out of these little breathing seeds
open channels to the Source.



These poems are from the author’s forthcoming tarot deck of poems, blood gold and honey. Upon pulling “six of honey,” the reader can reference the card’s associated “rituals & rites” in an accompanying book. All rituals are performed at the reader’s own risk and reward.