Three Poems


Hannah Kimbal lives in Alexandria, Virginia, where she teaches high school. Her poetry first appeared on The Ellen Show. Recent works have appeared in the inaugural issue of Virga Magazine and the Contest Issue of Atlanta Review, in which she was a Finalist and received an International Publication Award. She is pursuing her MFA at George Mason University.


 

WE FELT THE WORLD WAS ENDING

 

And so we changed the light bulbs,

stocked the pantry with cocoa,

Washed the linens, blithely scoured

the bathroom tiles and tub.

 

Muscles stiff and grateful, warm

lungs hoarding each breathful of air,

We stripped the layers off one another

and shared a scorching shower.

 

You set the table with crystal, throat

humming a tune we used to know,

While I whipped up a batter for cake

and gusts rattled the window panes.

 

You told a story I’d heard before.

I cracked an egg in a china bowl.

Halves of shell came clean away,

yolk unbroken.

 

 


 

 

GALATEA TO PYGMALION

 

You kissed me before I could speak,

Pressed mouth against stone. I choked

A ragged breath, grasping the hand that

 

Carved me lovingly. I suffered

Locked in ivory; you thought you

Had given me life, but I listened

 

To every scrape of the chisel, words

You chose while I was silent. Awake

Now to speak my words, I remember.

 

Now to speak my words: I remember

You chose while I was silent, awake

To every scrape of the chisel. Words

 

Had given me life, but I listened

Locked in ivory. You thought you

Carved me lovingly. I suffered

 

A ragged breath, grasping the hand that

Pressed. Mouth against stone, I choked.

You kissed me before I could speak.

 

 


 

 

PROPHECY

 

You are too much recessive.

As honey melts into tea,

Your blonde traits

Soften and go.

Yes—

 

You will bear sons

To a man of dark looks,

Eyes that pull you

Down a slumped

Night path—

 

You will kiss the crowns

Of his children,

Claim them

Yours—

 


Hannah Kimbal

About

Hannah Kimbal lives in Alexandria, Virginia, where she teaches high school. Her poetry first appeared on The Ellen Show. Recent works have appeared in the inaugural issue of Virga Magazine and the Contest Issue of Atlanta Review, in which she was a Finalist and received an International Publication Award. She is pursuing her MFA at George Mason University.