you escape

the coil-spring trap

leave the ripped


foot there

pooled in blood

you have been


touched by

the hot instrument

of pardon


see the lawn lit

by benediction

light at the end


of day silver

pond a mirror

towers of clouds

Barbara Daniels’s Talk to the Lioness was published by Casa de Cinco Hermanas Press in 2020. Her poetry has appeared in Lake Effect, Cleaver, Faultline, Small Orange, Meridian, and elsewhere. Barbara Daniels received a 2020 fellowship from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts.