From the Underground

In the cavern of the underworld
gliding on a hidden stream

in a metal boat
without oars

the idea of a meadow
basking in luminous sunlight

is as strange to us
as someone else’s dream

we are inertial beings
in an unsettling cage

the city’s inconsolable secret
kept prisoner every single day

and then released as if this
were not a crime

to convey humans like worms
in the earth

and then allow them to leave
rise up into the sparkling

champagne of the day
as if there were no tunnel

no abominable engine
clothed in the dark

Julie Eliopoulos’s poetry has previously appeared in CV2, EVENTThe New Quarterly, Prairie Fire, The Puritan, Room and Vallum.

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