Rachel Hadas

In the Vestibule
April 19, 2013 Hadas Rachel

In the Vestibule


The in-between is queasy

but all is in between.


Midsummer green? Monotonous

when everything is green.


The sea: a glittering question

when everything is sea.


This vestibule? Unsettling.

I teeter first one way


and then the other. In

or out? I am a fool


to be so caught off balance.

All is vestibule.

Rachel Hadas is the author of many books of poetry, essays, and translations, mostly recently poetry collection “Ghost Guest” (2023) and her translation of  Book 16 of Nonnus’s “Tales of Dionysus”, a rollicking epic from the diaspora of late antiquity (2022).  She recently retired from Rutgers University-Newark, where for many years she was Board of Governors Professor of English.