Laurinda Lind


The Torturer’s Secret


You can wring your hands

all you like but my hands

have the power to open


the bloodwringing opera

the body's bad ballet

the best of passion plays


though we brought in

one who fouled the fun

stole peace from pain


the more we rammed

reality    the calmer she

got the lighter    laid out


in ruins but stronger

so the slow poison of

that soul worked its way


through my eye sockets

and seeps from  my ears

at night     all night     just


when I think I can sleep    

just when the world

stays safe in its cage






Laurinda Lind lives in the U.S. within seven miles of thirteen lakes and one long river (the St. Lawrence) in New York State's North Country. She has had two go-arounds with poetry, separated by an ocean of silence. Poetry acceptances/publications the first time around include Abbey, Afterthoughts, Black River Review, Chiron Review, Cokefish, Cold Mountain Review, Comstock Review, Ellipsis, 5th Gear, Green's Mag, Indefinite Space, Insomnia & Poetry, Lake Ontario Log, Lucid Moon, Lucidity, Many Waters, Mind in Motion, Mobius, Muse of Fire, Pegasus Review, Pen and Ink, Poetalk, Poetry Motel, Poet's Market, Snake River Reflections, Tickled by Thunder, Touchstone, Trestle Creek Review, and The World's Too Heavy Press. On this side of the silent sea, acceptances/publications include Antithesis Journal, Ascent, Barbaric Yawp, Brushfire, Communion, Constellations, Dime Show Review, Earthen Lamp Journal, Emanations, Far Off Places, Forage Poetry Forum, Grief: A Life in 5 Stages, Haight Ashbury Literary Journal, Indigo Lit, Liminality, Midnight Circus, Moonsick, Mudfish, Off the Coast, Origins, Passager, Paterson Literary Review, Plum Tree Tavern, Ship of Fools, Silver Birch Press, Sonic Boom, Timeless Tales, Triggerfish, Uproot, Veil and Welter.