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xElisabeth Murawski is the author of the collections Zorba’s Daughter, winner of the May Swenson Poetry Award, Moon and Mercury, and two chapbooks. She is also a Hawthornden fellow. Her forthcoming collection, Heiress, will be published by Texas Review Press in the fall of 2018. A native of Chicago, she currently lives in Virginia, in another Alexandria.

 

 

 

 

This Bitter Earth

 

 

Mornings, I press the tab

on the digital clock.

 

The screen lights up.

Black numerals display

 

on a sky-blue ground.

To look, roulette.

 

I am jolted back:

the cautious nurse

 

on the landline,

the doctor who was sorry,

 

the full stop

of the earth.

 

Like a damselfly

lighting on a rock,

 

I fold in on myself.

Why not linger

 

in a meadow,

a stick on sun-warmed stone?

 

I refused,

was it wrong of me,

 

to let them take anything,

not even his eyes.

 

 

©2018 Elisabeth Murawski

 

 

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