Fall 2006 • Vol. XXVIII No. 4 Poetry |

War Lullaby

Wet daggers of grasscast shadows over one anotherbeneath the porch light— the boy stretched on the lawn,fighting sleep,fingers the tournament ring: inside the househis mother shouts, blindsslap in the breeze, and upstairs the smallest stiras they sleep, eyelashes liketiny whips against their cheeks. The dogs bark, a door slams,the boys breathe deep,then shudder— I have seen themsleepwalkout of the arms of mothers.

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Meghan O’Rourke, a poet and essayist, is the author of three collections of poetry, most recently Sun In Days. The recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and two Pushcart Prizes, she teaches in the writing programs at NYU and Princeton.

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