She Made a Ship and Called it Steeled | Deborah Bacharach

She Made a Ship and Called it Steeled | Deborah Bacharach

after Timea Tihanyi

of vitreous clay, glazed memory,
you could lift this air
one handed, shatter it on the floor.
it’s not steel.

and neither are we.
our bones become unhooked,
hearts broken.

but someone,
perhaps me, will soon
take an oar and pull,

futilely, of course, but with
the great joy that comes

from doing what you must do
together in sync,
perhaps even to song.


Deborah Bacharach is the author of After I Stop Lying (Cherry Grove Collections, 2015). Her work has appeared in The Antigonish Review, Arts & Letters, New Letters, and The Texas Review among others. Find out more about her DeborahBacharach.com.