The Wishbone: A Romance

by Lisa Russ Spaar

Lisa Russ Spaar

Never to belong again to wings
that lifted, to heart,
to blood’s forsaking bodice:

this lyric forceps,
felled flèche d’amour,
furcular picked and dried

with earthy feints of sage
& fused with remnant gristle—
clavicles tongued, now thumbed,

memento mori
of a hard year. Why not,
then, after giving thanks,

break it, too—
talismanically? What good
is loss starved forever after?

To keep from freezing,
even a priest might commit
the Virgin’s statue to the flames.


Last updated December 17, 2022