Women’s Work - Leslie Dianne

The Navahos
call this kind of
driving torrent
thunder cloud
sky blind rain
male rain

as if men could
turn buckets
of sky

that is
woman’s work

look all over
the world
at how she empties
her love
hope and pain
into the oceans
rivers and streams
and lets the water
carry them away

later she sits still
as they evaporate
and pour down
to grow the land
and nourish hearts

Leslie Dianne is a storyteller looking out at the world and relating what she sees, senses, feels, and dreams in sounds, rhythms, images, and emotions. She is a playwright, poet, novelist, screenwriter, and performer whose work has been acclaimed internationally at the Harrogate Fringe Festival in Great Britain, The International Arts Festival in Tuscany, Italy, The Teatro Lirico in Milan, Italy and at La Mama, ETC in NYC.  Her stage plays have been produced in NYC at The American Theater of Actors, The Raw Space, The Puerto Rican Traveling Theater and The Lamb’s Theater, and at Theater Festivals throughout the US. She holds a BA in French Literature from CUNY and her writing appears in The Wild Word, Sparks of Calliope, The Elevation Review,  Quaranzine, The Dillydoun Review,  Line Rider Press, Flashes and elsewhere.  Her writing was recently nominated for a Pushcart Prize and Best of The Net.