Sally Bliumis-Dunn

Berlin
September 26, 2016 Bliumis-Dunn Sally

Berlin

 

We see the public statues

 

water-stained and darker now.

 

Small bullet scars on buildings—

 

 

how can it be so quiet?

 

Though I keep almost hearing

 

someone close behind me,

 

 

the not quite footsteps,

 

voices traveling toward me,

 

and I am in a dog’s world

 

 

without the dog’s keen hearing.

 

I have only my sad psyche

 

where rounded cobblestones

 

 

appear like tops of shaven heads

 

and underneath,

 

the rest of their clothed bodies,

 

 

cramped into a crowd

 

mercilessly, still standing.

Sally Bliumis-Dunn teaches Modern Poetry at Manhattanville College. Her poems appeared in the Paris Review, Prairie Schooner, Plume, Poetry London, the New York Times and PBS NewsHour, among others. Her third collection, Echolocation, was published by Plume Editions/Madhat Press in March 2018.