What the new holds in her claw
I pretend I never saw before
not the gunned children’s empty now
open armed embraces,
not the trace of last year’s ash for poets,
fallen holiness, or architects of quiet
shards in buried glass,
not insistent songs with
diminished music but,
again, we are on either shore,
you and I, both,
of the channel again, after eves of
the year the world did not end again--
waving our long feathers and howling
love again—what else can the elder
phoenix once un-grown dinosaur or oily
sand—do? May our flames be lovely.
Now. Always. And again.
Margo Berdeshevsky‘s poetry collections, Between Soul and Stone (2011) and But a Passage in Wilderness (2007), are both published by Sheep Meadow Press. Her book of short stories, Beautiful Soon Enough, illustrated with her own photo-montages, received Fiction Collective Two’s American Book Review/Ronald Sukenick/ Innovative Fiction Award (published by University of Alabama Press.) She has received numerous other honors including the Robert H Winner Award from the Poetry Society of America. Her works have appeared in Kenyon Review, Agni, New Letters, Poetry International, among many other publications, and a multi genre novel, Vagrant, now waits at the gate. For more info, please see: http://redroom.com/member/margo-berdeshevsky.