Alicia Ostriker

Country: United States
Language(s): English

A Prisoner

The chickadee inside my
chest, next to my heart
imprisoned, but singing

And I, mostly not listening –
chickadee, forgive me.
Please don’t stop.


The Husband

When he is deep inside her suddenly she sees
what he is doing: he is like a man in a mineshaft

clay walls wet, tracks
fading into the distance

he carries a weak flashlight
peers forward

What is he doing?
Is he afraid of snakes?

No, he is seeing the other man,
the rival, the brother, the father, the God.