Two Poems: Carrie Vaccaro Nelkin

In Poetry, Pushcart Prize Nominations - 2011 on November 9, 2011 at 6:29 am

The Dark

She never closed her eyes,
kept them wide and outward-turned,
frightened white bulbs sensing
filaments on the verge of breaking or
a hand creeping toward the switch.


If I turn to you too often,
open petals
most women would want closed,
stretch and smile
leaves just bursting young
after many dead summers, curling wide and up,
standing on tip-roots thirsting
toward you,
wrapping shoots
around your toughened neck,
it is not
because I’m needy green
or wanting bark:
You have suffused the sky,
prickled life
into my stem.
You are now nestled
in my soil.


Carrie Vaccaro Nelkin has spent most of her adult life in scholarly and technical publishing at almost every level of editing. Primarily a writer of fiction, her short fiction has been published in the anthology Skulls & Crossbones: Tales of Women Pirates and The Absent Willow Review. Some of her poems have appeared in Piedmont Literary Review. You can find out more about her at www.cvnelkin.com. Heliotrope’ has been nominated by the Editors for the Pushcart Prize.

  1. I am thankful for discovering your poetry. I find humor in ‘The Dark’. Nice honor.

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