Priestess of Dionysus

Zana Ali

i pray to be in your blood
the way gods crave to burn
in the misotheist's mouth–
with an alphabet of defleshing,
in the ululation of reverence.

you, mausoleum of fawns.
you, enthused by the sovereign panther.

i beseech to be the mountain your holiness
dances into at night, the meat you sunder
alive and devour raw.

come recite the epoidai of your hips against mine.

say i am your wine and amethyst.
that loving you makes me sacred and cursed, not or.

Zana Ali is a priestess of olive trees and an admirer of Saint Raphael. She can be found sculpting her passion in writing out of mythology and neurotheology at