Romana Iorga

Portrait with Crows

Landscape with Ravens by Egon Schiele

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.

Image: Landscape with Ravens by Egon Schiele (1890-1918).  Unknown medium (Copied from an art book). Size not specified. Date not specified. Public domain.