Eve Grubin is the author of Morning Prayer (Sheep Meadow Press, 2005), a book of poems. Her poems have appeared in many journals and literary magazines including the American Poetry Review and The New Republic. She teaches at The New School and the City College of New York. She received her MFA from Sarah Lawrence College and is now pursuing her PhD in English at CUNY’s Graduate Center. She was a fellow at the Drisha Institute for Jewish Education from 2005-2007.
After a loss you live
with your gasp, your gaze,
with your hungry mouth as you lift the fork.
Something Sane. Open the door.
A guest sits down at the kitchen table.
Washing evening dishes:
something simple, something sane.
Water dreams over your wrist,
your hand, a round
Something Simple. Night, rusty fire escape.
Even the rain: sane.
Urgent street voices; screech
of a hinge. Simple. A clanking
somebody is closing a gate
or opening one.
From MORNING PRAYER (The Sheep Meadow Press, 2005)