Indiana University Bloomington

Sibyl

Megan Vinson, Comparative Literature


she remembered him

between moonlight and earth;

 

he told her he used to walk through smoke

couldn’t breathe, he said. and sometimes

 

she practiced, lying still until her lungs ached

until she broke and flew away like moths in a night sky.

 

she wanted to lie softly beside him, fresh rain and sweat.

 

i fear no underworld, she would say, i fear no shades no devils no beasts.

i know dark places and heavy burdens. i am not afraid.

 

she wished to tell him all things she knew

of sunlight and bread

 

to hold him gently in her arms, becoming light in the rays of his voice

and breathe, sea-water finding the shore,

between moonlight and earth.  

 

Sybil


 

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