• Sisel Gelman

White Rose


On days that my white rose tea

Tastes like perfume

Because I’ve let it steep a little too long—

Because I’ve let myself sit for a little too long


On those days,

I commit to life.


I plead loyalty to days

In which tea is warm

And life brings chills up my arms

Like a thousand butterflies

Perched upon me

Protecting me

Loving me.

Sisel Gelman was born and raised in Mexico City until she moved to Alaska after high school and wrote her first novel. Her writing has been published three times in the international literary magazine "Repentino." and she attended the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference during the summer of 2019. Sisel is currently studying at Emerson College in Boston, where she is majoring in Creative Writing while in the Honors Program.


IG: @siselgelman

Blog: medium.com@siselgelman

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