Poetry: Romana Iorga’s “Portrait with Crows”

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Romana Iorga

Portrait with Crows

“The Scarecrow” (after George Hitchcock) by an unknown engraver

This evening turned the day’s
blaze into rain. Crows

beside the window, harsh
caws carving a space

in my stomach. The bright
spot of orange hue

in front of me stays.
My daughter’s painting,

untouched yet by artifice,
nor willed into shape.

So abstract was my day—
though bloodied

with details, it scorns
any ordering into some

form easily claimed

by memory. I’ve got

the scraps, the tidbits
of flesh and bone, charred,

unlikely to match anything
I’ve gladly stored

in my mind. I must find
a place for these bones.

The venerable ghost
has overtaken the cellar.

It creeps up the stairs. How
have I lived for so long?


About the writer:
Originally from Chisinau, Moldova, Romana Iorga lives in Switzerland. She is the author of two poetry collections in Romanian, “Poem of Arrival” and “Simple Hearing.” Her work in English has appeared or is forthcoming in Harpur Palate, Stoneboat, The Normal School, Cagibi, Washington Square Review, PANK, and others, as well as on her poetry blog.

Image: The Scarecrow” (after a painting by George Hitchcock (1850-1913) by an unknown engraver. Scan from Art of the World, Volume 6 (Philadelphia: D. Appleton & Company, 1893), [no page numbers]. Public domain.


By | 2019-07-11T12:20:19+00:00 July 11th, 2019|LITERARY ARTS, Lyric, Narrative, Poetry|