Volume 16:1, Winter 2015
The Sonnet Issue
For My Beloved
I was a banquet, a thousand and one dishes
flavors perfumed my fingers, stained my hands.
Fragrance dusted my pillow: coriander,
anise, cumin. Each night, a thousand wishes
bloomed: hand-in-hand, we crisscrossed the city
smoky with charcoal braziers, scaled the Palace
of Universal Happiness. I’d fall
asleep in his arms, pepper wind gritty
against my skin.
My beloved is gone.
I bind moonlight in my hair, listen
for footsteps at the gate: the moon grows old.
I brush cumin from my fingers, fold
my heart in paper lanterns, glistening
in stillness till I flicker out, alone.
Katherine E. Young is the author of Day of the Border Guards (University of Arkansas, 2014), which was a finalist for the Miller Williams Arkansas Poetry Prize. She is also author of two chapbooks: Van Gogh in Moscow (Pudding House Press, 2008), and Gentling the Bones (Finishing Line Press, 2007). Her poems have appeared in Prairie Schooner, The Iowa Review, and Subtropics. Young is also the translator of Two Poems by Inna Kabysh (Artist's Proof Editions, 2014); her translations of Russian and Russophone authors have won prizes in international competitions and have been published widely in the US and abroad; several have been made into short films. Young is a 2017 National Endowment for the Arts translation fellow and currently serves as the inaugural Poet Laureate for Arlington, Virginia http://katherine-young-poet.com/ To read more by this author: Evolving City Issue, and Museum Issue