D. Walsh Gilbert – open me carefully

open me carefully
              after woman diving underwater with white dress, Engin Akyurt (Turkey) 2012

Although you hide in the ebb and flow
of the pale tide when the moon has set,                                             

Miss Dickinson in your long white dress,
fish can happen into bird but first

she must let all her air escape gill-lungs
sure her next breath’s only inches up.

     I wonder if it hurts to live,            
     I must go in; the fog is rising.       

Are you alive?                                                                                   
I touch you.



D. Walsh Gilbert is the author of Ransom (Grayson Books, 2017). A Pushcart nominee, she was recently named the winner of The Ekphrastic Review’s 2021 “Bird Watching” contest.  Her work has recently appeared in The Awakenings Review, Entropy, The Dillydoun Review, and the anthology, Waking Up to the Earth: Connecticut Poets in a Time of Global Climate Crisis, among others. She serves on the board of the non-profit, Riverwood Poetry Series, and as co-editor of the Connecticut River Review. 

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