Mihaela Moscaliuc

The House
September 19, 2019 Moscaliuc Mihaela

The House


With stained red awnings
Long abandoned
Sealed with the dust of linden


I won’t break in to claim
The chess board that taught
Nothing but patience


I won’t break in to salvage
The cherry bole
Trapped in the hearth


The gangrened bough
With leaves curled
Like fossilized fetuses


Though that’s all I need


For the borş fermenting
In the massive glass jar
That nests in the cellar


If I do it right


The tonic will replenish
Misspent flora     the splinter
will release the orchard


If I do it right


Golden orb-weavers have spun
Silk wheels sturdier than steel
To snare errant sparrows


Hammocks that might hold
Two bodies     ghost hearsay
I already know


You can’t break in for me
And I won’t break in
To search for myself

Mihaela Moscaliuc is the author of the poetry collections Cemetery InkImmigrant Model and Father Dirt, translator of Carmelia Leonte’s The Hiss of the Viper and Liliana Ursu’s Clay and Star, co-editor of Border Lines: Poems of Migration, and editor of Insane Devotion: On the Writing of Gerald Stern. The recipient of two Glenna Luschei Awards from Prairie Schooner, residency fellowships from Chateau de Lavigny, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and the MacDowell Colony, an Individual Artist Fellowship from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, and a Fulbright fellowship to Romania, Moscaliuc is associate professor of English at Monmouth University.