Published: (mid) November 2016
Within: Delphi Series Vol. 4
“The Garden” by Aron Wiesenfeld
Claire Zoghb’s first collection, Small House Breathing, won the 2008 Quercus Review Poetry Series Annual Book Award. A chapbook, Dispatches from Everest, is forthcoming from Fomite Press. Her work has appeared in Connecticut Review, CALYX, Crab Creek Review, Mizna: Prose, Poetry and Art Exploring Arab America (The Lebanon Issue), and Natural Bridge, among others, online at Sukoon and Mezzo Cammin: An Online Journal of Formalist Poetry by Women, and in the anthologies Through A Child’s Eyes: Poems and Stories About War and Eating Her Wedding Dress: A Collection of Clothing Poems. Claire was the winner of the 2008 Dogwood annual poetry competition and one of the ten finalists in the 6th Annual Nazim Hikmet Poetry Festival. She works as Graphics Director at Long Wharf Theatre.
with a line borrowed from Adrienne Rich
Separate beds were the rule
in your parents’ Vermont cabin.
So after we’d fooled around enough
one of us would stumble three feet
to the other double. Once, unable to sleep,
I noticed movement high on the wall,
a stir of wing. Not wanting to startle it
into flight, I balled up a sweatshirt,
lobbed it at your head, hissed
There’s a bat on the ceiling.
You rolled over, then panicked,
shot to your feet and ran in circles
as the bat flapped, frantic to escape.
Lights snapped on at the stairs.
Your father appeared in boxers,
wielding the kitchen broom:
Bats fly in figure eights!
If I dream of you at all these days
I recall how moments of quiet bliss
turned upside down, how we flailed,
blind and unarmed, in the face of a wildness
we knew next to nothing about
swooping down upon our heads.