SISTER EUGÉNIE’S WONDERFUL GLASS EYE

Sister Eugenie’s Wonderful Glass Eye

With one unfloating eternal eye
she moves in midnight
ghostly as a jellyfish

down rows of ransomed moony faces,
the ranks of the motherless
scrunch-eyed like foetuses in salt solution.

As she passes,
the girl in crib nine
invents the bathysphere,

orphans herself in the metal ball
and sealed from the tide of
night sighs drops

by cord the fathoms down
to be with her, Sister Eugénie,
monocular among aquatic angels.

 

Source: spark: a creative anthology, Volume III, 2013