The Rome Notebook
by Barbara Daniels
Cherubim fall from golden cupolas,
gilded niches, sham ceiling ribs,
false circle of sky. Galatea turns
in wind, red scarf arcing
above her, move, countermove
fading already in honeyed light.
Is it perfection—blood oranges
squeezed into tall glasses, tuna,
tomatoes, fennel, corn?
The day moves deep into blurs
of bare shoulders— your children
who swim to your arms
Barbara Daniels’s Talk to the Lioness was published by Casa de Cinco Hermanas Press in 2020. Her poetry has appeared in Prairie Schooner, Mid-American Review, and elsewhere. Barbara Daniels received a 2020 fellowship from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts.