twilight / i turn pale as a milk carton’s insides / somewhere / a baby rests in the arms of a cradle / i cannot / one day i will nail the sun down / it will not glow orange / sink below the horizon / dusk / a coarse blue lessens the chance of dawn / any dawn / i close my chest cavity with a lock / a key from the dresser drawer / i am held together / i am not vulnerable / i have a hope in a shoebox under the bed / dark / the stars shimmer silver / wide awake / they do not blink / i close my eyes / i open my eyes / they wink / they know something i do not know / they will not tell / i never kept a secret well / the curtain pulls back / what now? / what now? / i see a moon approaching / i see an insomnia rising
Tonya Eberhard’s most recent work has appeared in Glassworks magazine, THAT Literary Review, and Thirty West Publishing House. She is a 2019 Pushcart Prize nominee.