The Jeweled Message

by Christine Garren

the day is a jewel—its air is green and blue—it shimmers

a diamond broach—I feel its needle

stab me

while I talk about the mind’s heights and steep

descents—so sudden

the fall is—

elevator like—the dark glistening cables, the smell

of black grease—these cliffs are like the mind’s


I navigate—

they have the birds of evening in their halls

Christine Garren is the author of the poetry collections Afterworld and Among the Monarchs. Her latest collection is The Piercing, published in 2006 in the Southern Messenger Poets series from Louisiana State University Press. A Los Angeles Times Book Award finalist and NEA Fellowship recipient, she was born in Philadelphia and has lived in Greensboro, North Carolina, since 1979.