What tiny scissors did she use,
what steady hand with surgeon's nerve
to so effectively remove
the bridegroom's head? The photo shows
a bride who's made her bed, the gown
and veil traditional, the smile
a clue she'd walk the second mile
for him, Ruth in alien corn.
Unholy moon, the hole stares back,
a no, an oh, an empty purse,
a zero brazen as a hearse,
of Munch, insomniac.
—from Tar River Poetry 52.2 (Spring 2013). Elisabeth Murawski is the author of two chapbooks and two full-length collections: Moon and Mercury and Zorba's Daughter, which won the 2012 May Swenson Poetry Award.