Lamentation

by Alex Epstein

And the king from the East shall conquer their land, and cut out the right eye of every man. Because their land is harder than a diamond. And the king from the West shall defeat the king from the East and conquer their land and cut out the left eye of every woman. Because their rivers are the color of topaz. Or the opposite: The women’s right eyes, the men’s left eyes. Because symmetry is only a knitting needle in the skein of beauty. And one woman shall say to one man, “Birds fly in an arrow formation to shield themselves from the wind.” And he shall say, “But there are only two of us.” In the air no signs shall remain of the desperate beating of our wings.

From Lunar Savings Time, Clockroot Books. From the Hebrew: Becka Mara McKay.