Two Poems

Tara Bergin

Description of a VisionYou said it was only a dreambut I said a dream is the same as a visionand that you should tell me everything.So you saidwho was it put their fingerinto whose side?and I saidThomas into Christ’s—but that Christ didn’t gigglelike you did in your sleep last night.And you saidwell in your dreamsomeone who shall remain namelessput their fingerinto a deep wound in your sidebut that it tickledand felt nice.And then you saiddid I really think it was a visionbecause that was sort of how it seemed—which is when I said that after allmaybe a vision is just the same as a dream. Mary & FelicityMARY              Look out the window, Felicity.                            Look at the pink-chested finch.                            Don’t you think he is ravishing                            Piping away on the branch?FELICITY       Oh he’s as common as muck, Mary.                            He’s as common as leaves on the tree.                            You’re just jealous                            I found the white pheasant                            And you had nothing to see.

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Tara Bergin’s second collection, The Tragic Death of Eleanor Marx, was published by Carcanet in 2017. It was shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best Collection, and was a PBS Recommendation.

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Spring 2018


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