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Volume 13 • Number 2 • Fall-Winter 2021-2022

Lucia Cherciu

The Miracle of Dusk

After Maximilien Luce, “Quay at Camaret, Finistere”

To welcome the promises of the morning. Before the rest of the world
wakes up, to make a list of all the splendors of light: hope

at daybreak is like a boat ready to leave as another one
arrives: gifts of faith and consistent reward. The march of summer.

Who is braver: those to wake up for a journey far away
or those who see them off, standing to watch them depart?

The dots of every moment: seconds that make up
a necklace of beads. What we take on the journey

and what remains. A sister who leaves. One who waits.
The one who risks it all and the one who prays every night:

somewhere in the world, already aurora. Someone
washes her face, combs her hair in front of the mirror

and tries to save the icon of the second. Somewhere,
my sister looks out of the window, her heart

quickening. Out of breath, she follows a silhouette
in the distance, only to realize it’s only a stranger.

Lucia Cherciu is the author of five books of poetry, including Train Ride to Bucharest (Sheep Meadow Press, 2017), a winner of the Eugene Paul Nassar Poetry Prize. She is the 2021 Dutchess County Poet Laureate, and her work was nominated three times for a Pushcart Prize and twice for Best of the Net. She teaches English at SUNY/Dutchess in Poughkeepsie, NY. Currently, she is working on revising her novel. Her web page is http://luciacherciu.webs.com.