To Danae

by Phoebe Anthus

The school yard, which one moment last,
buzzed with a reckless charm,
now silenced almost to breath,
swells holy
in its turn of sudden brokenness.

“Forgive me.”
whispered to your profiled face,
turned three-quarters away.
“Forgive me”
through my corner-bitten lip,
as that February strand wisps away,
bone cold, all the things
I could’ve been to you,
seventy times seven and counting.

Your small stacked toes,
one black boot at reflex angles to the other,
underscore “wasted” and “moments”
as if I could forget what had been there.
As if things are ever that simple.


Phoebe Anthus is a stubborn artist with her head not so far into the clouds that she cannot notice the solid, sensible things as well.


Photography by Kenneth Godoy

2 thoughts on “Phoebe Anthus: To Danae”

  1. I can feel the familiar ache in this poem. And I love the photo accompanying it. It fits the poem’s mood so well.

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