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Night Terrors by Deirdre Fagan

For D.S.

Don Quixote tilted at windmills
Alice fell down the rabbit hole
shouting from a well bottom
is seldom heard when the
moon’s rays beam on

Fissures come without warning as
darkness consumes the wide-eyed
swords are feebly brandished
the earth’s swallows are whole

When night comes
seldom or in repeat
it is not with one foot we slip
but with two
neither of which acts as a guide

The wounds received in battle bestow honor
they do not take it away
but Alice must run as fast as she can
just to stay in one piece.


Deirdre Fagan is a recent widow, mother of two small children, and a mid-career academic who is currently spending more time writing fiction and poetry than literary criticism.



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