Night Tales

Leah Umansky


If the dreams stopped soldiering,
would I tell?

The winds overwhelm
the reasons grow

I put on my glory-coat
a night shift


I put on my glory-coat
an amber shield
a coat like staring
like a piercing

Say nothing.
I try to say nothing.
But somewhere, something told.

This is the land of promises;
each is for the birds.

Their nests, scraps of:
old verses,
a day muddied,
a kept-wind,
lies before lies were written down.
Their nests:
tiered in past-hopes
and traces of gold.

I give them the lining of my heart.
They are the archivists.


Umansky photo

Leah Umansky is the author of the dystopian themed chapbook, Straight Away the Emptied World (Kattywompus Press 2016)ΒΈ the Mad-Men inspired, Don Dreams and I Dream and the full-length collection Domestic Uncertainties. Her poems can be found in Poetry, Thrush Poetry Journal, and The Brooklyn Rail. More at