Green Hills Literary Lantern



Preparing to Wrestle an Angel


Where did you get your pallor,

jigging nose rings, purple lips?


Here’s a new guidebook. The last page,

the blank one, describes the dreams


of the ever-changing hemisphere of clouds.

Walk as the cat walks. Consider


the placement of each foot, eyes glazed

in the uncertain light. Your spirit


need not free itself from blood,

bones, flesh, hair. When you wrestle


your messenger to the ground, you’ll see

the polluted river flare. You’ll see a wall,


a gate, sun through a western window.

Where the barn owl perched,


an absence. You grow up sadder.

But if you look quickly, you’ll


spot hummingbirds, wings

flashing, tongues ribbons of flame.



Barbara Daniels' Rose Fever: Poems was published by WordTech Press and her chapbooks Moon Kitchen, Black Sails and Quinn & Marie by Casa de Cinco Hermanas Press. She received three Individual Artist Fellowships for her poetry from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts and earned an MFA in poetry at Vermont College. Her poems have appeared in Prairie Schooner, Mid-American Review, WomenArts Quarterly Journal, The Literary Review and many other journals.