Poetry by Barbara Daniels
You said, “If a child is missing,
check the pool first.” You said,
“I shouldn’t be watching this.”
You kept looking toward your
father. I was your father taking off
an expensive coat. Or was I
you, watching? Which of us
was the folded coat closed
in the trunk, which the slammed
closing? Which the thin woman
who keeps on walking? There’s
always a bird in the room,
kestrel silent on fire tongs,
starling nattering at the blinds.
Or the idea of bird: being watchful.
Barbara Daniels’s Talk to the Lioness was published by Casa de Cinco Hermanas Press in 2020. Her poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in Lake Effect, Cleaver, Faultline, Small Orange, Meridian, and elsewhere. Barbara Daniels received a 2020 fellowship from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts.
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