Claudia Serea

Even if you don’t believe in angels

You still have
your life,

crumbling, dry,

and you can’t carry it,
but you have no choice,

but to carry it,
a cement cross

on your shoulders
instead of wings.

Claudia Serea’s poems and translations have appeared in Field, New Letters, 5 a.m., Meridian, Gravel, among others, and she’s the author of four poetry collections, most recently Nothing Important Happened Today (Broadstone Books, 2016).