Rebekah Curry

Miranda's Island

The winter sun is quiet on the sea.
These twoscore years ago, my father died
with such a sky to look upon his change,
and I alone was lord in all this isle,
like him the monarch of a desert state.
I knew his deepest arts. I could command
the earth to bring forth fruit as I required—
yet more, could light my cell with pictured stars
that moved in constellations through their sky,
and raise the measures of the subtlest musics
to glide suspended on the evening air.
All, all was beauty. And I had my loved
familiar spirit, to effect my will
and be the constant of my solitude,
a presence like the shimmer on these waves.

The stars have slowed. The music softly dies.
The air is empty, where no unseen shape
will come beside me. In my heavy book,
I find no words to lighten senseless age
or turn the circling sun to yesterday.
Perhaps I understand now what it is
to be bound to the courses of this world.
Along the shore, the tide subsides and swells,
the light remains so terrible and clear.

Aaron Copland

You bring us out into that rumored space.
They told us it existed where we ran
our fingers over rivers, tried to trace
the crags of abstract mountains. As we scan
the atlas' territories, what we see
is only heard: a swath of prairie grass,
the landscape of a single stone or tree,
cold water in some Appalachian pass.
We listen to imagine that we live
in bodies made for dancing, that we know
what lies beyond our borders. All you give
is bright conjecture; we can never go
where theories of horizon lead the eye
toward distances the color of the sky.

Compassion Fatigue

Every ten seconds, a child dies—
at least that's what all the posters say.
The fire rages, the waters rise.

(Do the math, and it multiplies
to over eight thousand every day,
if, each ten seconds, a child dies.)

You see the photos: the woman cries
and watches the house be swept away,
as fire rages or waters rise.

The bomb was designed to maximize
destruction; the footage they replay
marks the split second a child dies.

The state authorities must advise
evacuation, but some will stay,
while all around them the waters rise.

A million is a statistic. Size
is relative. This is all cliché
Every ten seconds, a child dies.
The fire rages, the waters rise.


Rebekah Curry is an alumna of the University of Kansas and the University of Texas at Austin. Her chapbook Unreal Republics is available from Finishing Line Press, and her poems and translations have also appeared or are forthcoming in journals including Antiphon, Eclectica, Blue Lyra Review, and Metamorphoses. See more at rebekahcurry.tumblr.com.


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