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Mimi Ferebee: Oni’s Well

she walks on water,

ripples oiling under her prance

backstroking in a clear gulf

she sprints along the bank shore

or rather under it

as her bucket cocoons



of her morning labor,

her shakes, rubs, scrapes

the beat of her toils

swaying that in-style, avant-garde container

her small head-hut

houses the sap of flexed forearms,

wrinkled brows, contorted cheeks

& pursed lips

oh, how they press

under saffron skies today,

the orange notes

pregnant with effervescence

seem to dance along the slit

of her philtrum

digging sweeping


into her mouth


with a virgin thirst

& a greedy throat

her parch

feels like baobab claws

scratching within a russet sandstorm

& something about that seems lovely

she flinches at the thought of pain,

the ache that accompanies

all achievements

& with the a gentle pull of her lips

to sing

it’s ah long john, she croons

& i’m ah-long gone from he-yah

it’s ah season

through & through

something, somewhere hmm—hmm

quelqu’un, quelque part


drowning months of silence,

as she carries her salvation,

soon packing these poignant memories

into an american suitcase


Mimi Ferebee is the editor-in-chief of RED OCHRE PRESS, overseeing the publication of both RED OCHRE LiT and ROLiT NEWS.

While originally from California, she resides in Virginia with husband, Melvin, and their Shih Tzu and Pekingese.

A graduate of the College of William and Mary, she received degrees in both English (emphasis in Creative Writing and Literature) and Psychology (emphasis in Behavioral and Developmental Science).

She recently retired a career as a clinical therapist to pursue her primary passions of writing and editing full-time. When not working on completing her novel “In the Distant Marshes” and various other literary projects, she diligently works to complete applications for doctoral programs. She wants to obtain a PhD in English Literature.

Mimi also works with at-risk youth, refining their reading and composition skills. She spends many evenings in detention centers and twice as many weekend mornings at libraries working with this population. She prides herself on being an advocate for her students, helping them not only perceive, but achieve their potential.


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