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Elisabeth Murawski is the author of Zorba's Daughter, which won the May Swenson Poetry Award, Moon and Mercury, and two chapbooks. Hawthornden Fellow. A native of Chicago, she currently lives in Alexandria, VA.

 

 

 

 

 

Spiro Ode

 

 

I have this hole in my chest

watching them swing dance.

The little sorceress!

 

Her face is too round,

like a cooling pie

on a windowsill, a loaf

 

of pumpernickel. Once,

he twirled me like that,

leading me to believe

 

I didn’t have to be Greek.

Now, while I wait

with the wallflowers,

 

too tall and Polish,

Spiro’s glued to her torso

in a drowsy, shameless slow dance.

 

I imagine their kiss

preserved in marble, Homeric

nakedness. A cliff

 

from which to throw myself.

I pray for a tsunami

to flood the gym

 

and separate them.

The band wraps up. Those two

linger, swaying like demented

 

olive trees, entwined

as in a caduceus,

satyr and nymph.

 

 

©2017 Elisabeth Murawski

 

 

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Winning poem in Mudfish Competition (Judge: Charles Simic)

'Threnody' in Blue Mesa Review

'For Edward Thomas' in The Yale Review

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