Black Gold of the Sun
By Leila Lois
Em ji agir hatin û em ê vegerin agir
We came from fire, and we will return to fire
Strong does not always appear so;
even gold alloys with the dark,
tarnishes with time,
like myrrh resin leaking from scorched bark.
From fire I came; daughter of the sun.
To fire I will return;
garlanded with cinnamon, cedar, cardamom.
Leila Lois is a dancer and writer of Kurdish and Celtic heritage who has lived most of her life in
Aotearoa. In her poems, Leila explores a personal sense of origin that, like the ocean, binds
several landscapes and times, coming back to the idea that a timeless, boundless love pervades.
Her publishing history includes Southerly Journal, Djed Press, NoD Literary Journal, Mayhem
Journal, Lite Lit One, Bent Street Journal and Delving into Dance.