©2020 by Canvas Literary Journal

Published by Cosmographia Books

Background art “Submerged” by Amelia Ao

Canvas logo by Ali Wrona


Uma Arengo

Winter 2020

the past two-thousand years were written

             by fishermen bound by stars,


                  fishermen who

                  hailed the twelfth sign like a boomerang,

                  cheered for a child with god in his eyes,

                  became crusaders for closure (and killers because of it).


                  they went back to the sea—

                                                                       didn’t like it;

                   went to the moon—

                                                           liked it;





this isn’t enough for me;

i am sixteen in repeated history,

waiting for everything to come full-circle.


                              astrology never helps.


it isn’t enough

to be a water-child

          who doesn’t care for swimming;


                         the world is spinning to the cosmos,


                                 and the roman fish has nothing to say

                                 to my young self           (pisces, in the age of pisces).

Uma Arengo is a junior at Long Beach High School in Lido Beach, New York. She has been published by Sandpiper Magazine and has received honors from the Lake Effect National Poetry Contest and the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards. In addition to writing, she enjoys painting, crocheting, problem-solving, and other creative endeavors.