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Elisabeth Murawski


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What to Do



I drag you back, arms


flailing,



from the hole


in the ice.



Sputtering and frayed,


you bristle



like a bedeviled cat,


as if the water



down there were better


than the air



you shy from.


Was I wrong



to think


like Tsvetaeva



you didn’t wish to be dead,


just not to suffer?



When her feet


left the chair,



she had no one


to cut her down.




About the Author: Elisabeth Murawski is the author of Heiress, Zorba’s Daughter (May Swenson Poetry Award), Moon and Mercury, and three chapbooks. Still Life with Timex won the Robert Phillips Poetry Chapbook Prize. A native of Chicago, she currently lives in Alexandria, VA, USA.

 

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