In the Middle of the Night
. You come knocking at the door –
disastrous and insistent as waves bombarding
. You come in, dripping broken ice
and glass on the rug.
. What do you want anyhow?
. I can’t give you what you want. I won’t
give you what I’ve got. You’ll just have to get out.
. As you stand there dripping and the shards
you’ve shaken off melt, I see your red hot core
. But it’s nothing I’d care to touch.
About the writer:
Paula Bonnell’s poems have appeared in APR, The Hudson Review, Rattle, and dozens more, nationally and internationally, and won awards from Kalliope, Negative Capability, New England Poetry Club, Chester H. Jones Foundation, and the City of Boston. Her 2017 chapbook tales retold follows three collections: Airs & Voices, selected by Mark Jarman for a Ciardi Prize; Before the Alphabet, a kindergarten story; and Message, a debut including “Midwest” as heard on The Writer’s Almanac, and “Eurydice,” chosen by Albert Goldbarth for a Poet Lore publication award. Bonnell, a PEN New England Discovery writer has also published fiction, essays, and book reviews.
Image: The Woman Clothed with the Sun by Clara Rettich, based on a pastel sketch for “Apocalyptic Seal 5” (Revelations) by Rudolf Steiner (1861-1925). Oil on canvas. No size specified. 1907 (Steiner) and 1911 (Rettich). Public domain.