Melora Walters









Periwinkles are for the dead,


tomatillos birth air filled egg sacs

that the fruit grows into-


stigmata the opening for new eyes


no, promises cannot be kept



not ever the same

cut from a plant in the garden

perfume heavy to the point of nausea




the squash plants

with the banana fruit, one hollowed out

a little more each day

the climbing one with trails of big flowers,

paper made yellow tissue

gone the next day,




gone the next day




promise me


cut open and pushed aside

stigmata blossom of red


rose flowers dried to milky brown

still on the stem, stopped in mid burst

as though hit by the frost,

only it was the heat-


lotus from the mud

lotus from the gutter

lotus from the dirt

lotus from the shame

lotus from the fear


lotus eyes that come up

and open


the eye opens

from a long dark sleep

still trailing from it

roots dipped in it

to feed


lost promises on small wads of paper

earlier folded and licked shut

to hold a wish

a prayer,

a promise




now shreds in a hummingbird’s nest

where one egg was kicked out

and the other hatched one day

and dead the next

the head resting on the side

eye still shut


a round spot

the nest

a stigmata

on the branch of the rose bush

the arm of the rose bush

the promise in the rose bush





July 21, 2013












MELORA WALTERS was born in Saudi Arabia, and grew up there as well as in Holland. She went to a boarding school North of Chicago, and graduated from Pratt Institute in New York.

She is an actress.

She has exhibited her art in New York, Los Angeles, and Berlin.

Sonnets and Failures, her first book of poems and art was published in 2010, by Finishing Line Press. The Siren, and In the Painting Heraclitus Wrings His Hands Above the World and Appears to be Crying was published in 2011 by Writ Large Press.

She lives in Los Angeles with her two children.




Melora Walters est une actrice américaine née le 21 octobre 1968 à Rivadh (Arabie Saoudite).

Melora Walters a remporté un large succès critique pour son interprétation de Claudia, la jeune artiste droguée de Magnolia de Paul Thomas Anderson. Interprète de deux films antérieurs d’Anderson : Hard Eight et Boogie Nights, elle débuta à l’écran dans Le Cercle des poètes disparus de Peter Weir et compte parmi sa filmographie Ed Wood de Tim Burton, Beethoven de Brian Levant, L’Effaceur de Charles Russell, Twenty Bucks de Keva Rosenfeld, Cabin Boy d’Adam Resnick, Wisegirls de David Anspaugh et Les Associés de Ridley Scott, où elle fit une apparition non créditée dans le rôle de la femme de Nicolas Cage.

Elle tourne également Retour à Cold Mountain d’Anthony Minghella, L’Effet papillon d’Eric Bress et J. Mackye Gruber et tient un rôle régulier dans la série Big Love aux côtés de Bill Paxton et Chloë Sevigny.

Melora Walters tient aussi la vedette de la série « Threat Matrix » après avoir été le protagoniste de « L. A. Doctors ». Elle a également tourné en guest star dans des séries aussi diverses que « New York Police Blues », « Dream On », « Nash Bridges », « Roseanne », Murphy Brown », etc.

Ancienne étudiante du Pratt Institute de New York, elle a joué à ses débuts dans plusieurs spectacles off-Broadway.


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