At the Metropolitan

By Ellen Devlin

Featured Art: New York (Couple on Steps of Metropolitan Museum of Art) by Garry Winogrand

I once saw a Persian sword, in a museum,
glass-boxed, lighted. Warriors on winged
horses charged, lifted scimitars, hundreds of them,
carved in the blue white breath inside the hilt.
I leaned my head on the glass, helpless.

Ellen Devlin is the author of Rita, and a forthcoming chapbook, Heavenly Bodies at the MET.” Her poems have appeared in in The Cortland Review, Ekphrasis, Lime Hawk Review, PANK, The New Ohio Review, The Sow’s Ear and Women’s Studies Quarterly Review.

Originally published in NOR 15

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