From the Editors, Issue Two

In Repose

I hear the gentle impatience of raindrops above
Laughter caught in the teeth of a tin roof
It chuckles through drainpipes and down through the throats of tree frogs
Who sing high, sweet, serenades to the witness of these darkened moments
Between the planner pages where we don't schedule sleep
And the only demands are written on the backs of our eyelids

We open them into the other, in spite of the hour
As though we will watch the sounds we refuse to make paint these blushings on our skin
Bodies erasing the spaces we cannot see when our eyes are open to the lighted world
This silent worship of colors in defiance of light
when you love me in this liminal way.



In this issue, we are at ease.  In this issue, we are reclined.  In this issue, we are at peace.  In this issue?  We are In Repose.

The second issue of Lavender Lime Literary is possibly our most favorite yet, with some incredible poems from artists of both the new and the familiar.  We are delighted to be able to continue to offer this space free of charge, for raising up pure voices in poetic song to herald to the healthy way queer love loves us back.  While Lavender Lime Literary doesn't exclusively publish queer poetry, our aim is to always raise up those voices who would bring new texture and joy to what love can look like.  That means, as ever, we said queer lives matter.  We said black lives matter.  We said trans lives matter.  We especially said that your life matters.  And that's why we're all here, isn't it?  To connect?  To touch the lives of others and be so touched in return?  To matter?

We like to think so.

Forever yours in print and in poetry,
Jay and Pea Flower


Jay and Pea Flower Tomioka

(he/him) (she/fae)