Midnight Among Blinds
BY LIZ ROBBINS
Whose fault, now the living room’s turned
forest? The drying-of-wings fan. Speckled
plums in the nest-bowl. We sit with the
baby among dust woods, thicket of limbs,
tree-light-thrown shadows on the floor.
Which is what we are, floored, berry
wine and milk drunk. A cosmic circle
joke: shelter made from what survives
the flared, expired fires. Space so familiar,
we’re blind to soil. The baby goes
limp, tight fists loose, gold bud popped
along a vine, now zonked in a tree’s crook.
Somewhere in here there’s an unused altar.
Somewhere, an edible root.